Thursday, August 2, 2007


Interesting Links:
1) This link
is interesting because it shows how the most current search engines are related to each other over the past. Also check the link,View the Search Engine Relationship Chart ® histogram,at the bottom of the first chart. This chart shows the progress over the past 7 years of how search engines have morphed and grown. It's a pretty cool chart.
2) On a completely different note American Music Center has a new website. You can listen to new works, see what artists are in your area and check out the AMC Online Library. You can search for composers and works as well as search the AMC score collection held at the The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. There are some pretty heavy copyright policies on here so the actual ability to get a score is questionable. I thought one particular sentence in the explanation of the policy was particularly illuminating: "We can now circulate only copies of scores for which we have permission to make a photocopy via a Deed of Gift form from the copyright holder. Some composers have not yet signed a Deed of Gift form, and, to this date, no publishers have signed one."(emphasis mine)
3) Upon the recommendation of Lydia, a fellow student in Cohort 7, I picked up Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow today in B&N. All I have to say in the first 50 pages is wow. It's one of those works where you have to immerse yourself completely and deeply in the text in order to catch the intricacies of the language. To simply gloss over the words in an attempt to catch the main areas of the plot will leave you very lost and confused in a matter of sentences. The first two sentences convinced me I was going to like this work.
"A screaming comes across the sky. It has happened before but there is nothing to compare it to now."
-Pynchon pg. 1
Some Pynchon links for your information: ( I'm not going to lie, this guy is possibly more reclusive than Salinger and stranger in personality than Thompson.)
Pynchon Notes

1 comment:

Libography said...

I'm glad you're enjoying "Gravity's Rainbow"! I asked my hubby about Gunter Grass and he said he didn't think I'd like "The Tin Drum" (which is the one Grass work he's read), but after I get through the new Pynchon ("Against the Day" which came out around Christmas and which I was given by 2 different people!!), I'll try it!