Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Pulitzer Prizes, 2008 (I)

Various and sundry bloggers have mentioned that The Rest is Noise was a nominated finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in general nonfiction, but I have not yet seen discussion of the fact that Gene Weingarten's Joshua-Bell-the-Busker story actually won a prize. I'm now in the position of saying to people who loved the story when it ran "well, it was badly flawed and was roundly criticized by classical music writers and bloggers." I would like to provide links to blog postings or articles about the story; if you have some handy, or remembering having your head your hands over it, please email me or post 'em here.


Ben.H said...

The main takedown online, with plenty of links to other blogs, was Sequenza21. Also, Richard Taruskin's lengthy New Republic article, "The Musical Mystique: Defending classical music against its devotees" begins by discussing the online response to the stunt. That one sticks in my mind, for some reason.

Scott said...

I wrote two posts on it. This one has many links to other bloggers. This one has my thoughts, showing I approved of the article. That means I win, right? Ah, if only there was a betting pool for Pulitzers, and I actually gambled, and had money to gamble, and made that bet. If only.

pjwv said...

I posted on it, in my vaguely associative way:


Lisa Hirsch said...

Thank you, all. And here's a clickable version of pjwv's link.

pjwv said...

Thanks, and sorry about that! I tried, but I was in a semi-hurry.
Here's the bare-bones summary, for those who wonder why I'm going on about tomato plants: Aesthetic experience is private and unexpected. It can occur through the mundane world (hence the Duchamp reference as an entry title) or through planned, official "Aesthetic Experiences" (like sitting in a concert hall and listening to Bach). So I'm not sure the experiment, fun though it was, proves much of anything, except that Joshua Bell is a good sport.

calimac said...

Sorry to be a latecomer here, but this was my response.