By Ned Rorem

An impressive number of essays, critiques, and reflections on existence, tradition, artwork, love, and music—always lyrical, witty, and openly provocative—from the most acclaimed modern American composersTime journal has known as Ned Rorem the world's top composer of artwork songs. yet his genius doesn't result in the area of classical tune. Rorem has an extraordinary reward for writing, in addition, and the extensive acclaim that has greeted his memoirs, essay collections, and released diaries attest to this truth. An Absolute reward is a cornucopia of Roremisms—essays, experiences, and reviews on an unlimited array of interesting topics, from track to movie to drama to intercourse. the following are also candid diary entries, exhibiting the frankness and noteworthy perception for which Rorem is understood. even if he's lambasting or celebrating the world's nice musical works and their creators (and, based on Stephen Sondheim, he's the best writers approximately song that i've got ever read), providing intensely own musings on dying and love, or brilliantly dissecting the artist's craft, Ned Rorem is usually attention-grabbing, constantly provocative, and greatly pleasing.

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Several times when looking for her, I’d open the door, glance around, and decide she wasn’t there until I saw her paw emerge from behind a hatbox like the hand of a sleeper groping for a ringing alarm clock. I suppose that’s what I was to her, a clock she didn’t set and didn’t know how to turn off but wasn’t especially bothered by since, unlike F. or me, she never had trouble going back to sleep—never. 0738215266-text_Layout 1 8/24/12 10:06 AM Page 50 50 P ETER T RACHTENBERG In the back of the car, until the night I was driving to the station to pick up F.

Afterward, it seemed to me that I’d been exposed to two completely different personalities. One was magnanimous; the other was grudging. One would repay ostracism with magic Beatle dolls; the other recoiled from a touch. One was deeply attuned to other people’s desires; the other was almost oblivious to them, or at least oblivious to the desire for forgiveness of someone who’d committed a minor social error (at least I thought it was minor; it wasn’t as if I’d done what a friend of mine, a singer, had once had done to her by a guy she met at one of her gigs.

A moment later there’s a scrape of claws. Your cat has chosen to come in. The sleeping places listed above are located in different houses F. and I have lived in during our time together. The fireplace was in our old house on Parsonage Street, the first house we shared as a couple; it was one of the reasons we rented it, along with the pattern of blue and white diamonds painted on the living room floor. ’s and predated me by eight or nine years. But when I picture Biscuit sleeping on it, it’s in the living room of the house on Avondale Road, with its sinking toilet and rippling floors that were too thin to be sanded; I had to settle for waxing them, and F.

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