The Book That Changed My Life

Joe Salzman

Joe Saltzman

The book that changed my life is a children’s book called The Jester Has Lost His Jingle. It was written and illustrated by my son David Saltzman as his senior project at Yale before he died of Hodgkin’s disease 11 days before his 23rd birthday in March 1990. Continue Reading ›

Lies for profit: books about advertising

Michael Ross

Michael Ross

The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s novel continues to haunt our collective imagination.   When I first read it years ago, soon after its first appearance, Orwell’s classic had a powerful impact on my  adolescent mind. Continue Reading ›

When not to write about music

David Grubbs by Gonçalo Santos

David Grubbs by Gonçalo Santos

I’m always curious about the ways writers describe musical performance. From the end of the spectrum that terminates in refusal, we first pass through ever-thickening—paralyzing, even—reluctance to render musical performance in prose. Continue Reading ›