James O. Tate

James O. Tate has been writing for Chronicles for 30 years and counting.

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  • There’s More Where That Came From
    April 2016

    There’s More Where That Came From

    When I first heard chamber music, it seemed an acquired taste, and subsequently a taste I acquired. So I will recite some personal history without any illusion that it matters because it was my experience.

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  • Music and the Tooth Dentist
    March 2016

    Music and the Tooth Dentist

    As my many devoted readers have already noticed and let me know, though I do love good music, it’s hard to convey the intensity of that devotion. So it occurred to me to write about abject rather than exalted musical experiences.

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  • First Hearings
    February 2016

    First Hearings

    Some years ago a fellow told me that I should put my money in CDs, and I did, to my regret in one sense. I thought he meant Compact Discs. Silly me!

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  • Come Into the Garden, Maud
    January 2016

    Come Into the Garden, Maud

    A year after the American debut of Jascha Heifetz in 1917, James Huneker wrote an interesting sentence in the New York Times: “Much has been said of Heifetz and his musical gifts compared with great violinists of the time—Ysayë, Kreisler, Elman, Zimbalist, Kubelik, and Maud Powell.”

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  • Her Master’s Voice
    December 2015

    Her Master’s Voice

    Recent publicity to the effect that not one but even two films about Florence Foster Jenkins are in the pipeline sends us what I think is a very ambiguous alert.

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  • Henry Radetsky and Fritz Kreisler
    November 2015

    Henry Radetsky and Fritz Kreisler

    Tossing around a word like music is problematical—and culture is even harder to deploy meaningfully. Nevertheless, I am going to give both a try.

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  • How Long Has This Been Going On?
    October 2015

    How Long Has This Been Going On?

    We live in revolutionary times of rapid technological change, and yes, it is a little disconcerting when the rules morph and the practices mutate. But I did predict years ago that vinyl would be back, and so it is.

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  • Doing Music Wrong
    September 2015

    Doing Music Wrong

    National Public Radio is a bad idea, as you can tell from the name. But the specific reality is even worse, though I suppose it comes in different forms.

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  • Quiet, Please
    August 2015

    Quiet, Please

    Silence can be a bad thing if there is too much of it, but today that is not often the case, for we live in a noisy world.

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  • To Begin With
    July 2015

    To Begin With

    For music is a way of knowing history and perceiving culture, and often the most memorable way. Music is necessary, unavoidable, and vulnerable, as well as transparent.

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  • The Great American Disintegration
    May 2015

    The Great American Disintegration

    When a former colleague sent me a snippet from The New Yorker of September 22, 2014—a piece called “As Big As the Ritz,” by Adam Gopnik—the attention therein given to two recent books on F. Scott Fitzgerald caught my eye, not only because I had already acquired one of them, but because I was repelled by the treatment of those books.

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  • Star, Dusted

    Sometimes I wonder why I spend the lonely night dreaming of a song, but mostly I don’t. Mostly I don’t, because the nightingale doesn’t tell his fairy tale unless he hopped a ride on the Cunard or the White Star Line.

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  • Good Grief
    March 2015

    Good Grief

    Poetry has to me never been what I have so often heard called a problem, and that was so for the simplest of reasons: It was never presented to me as a promblem until I was advanced in school, after which it was reformulated as a target of incomprehending odium by students whose insensibility had been reinforced by their “education.”

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  • The Future of Minority Culture(s)
    February 2015

    The Future of Minority Culture(s)

    Two challenging words of the title of this essay stand somehow between us and ourselves, so that we will have to get around the distortions unnecessarily presented by minority and culture in order to see the freedom and even the substance that is closer than we are ordinarily able to perceive.

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  • January 2015

    A Racial Revolution

    “My tradition is not to remark on cases where there still may be an investigation,” declared President Obama as he upstaged New York Mayor Bill DeBlasio on December 3, speaking from the White House Tribal Nations Conference.

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  • Waitin’ for <em>The Robert E. Lee</em>
    December 2014

    Waitin’ for The Robert E. Lee

    The life of Lee having been “done,” redone, and perhaps even undone by revisionist treatment, the present weighty phenomenon requires some contextual examination. We might first and simply ask the question, What is the purpose of this book?

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  • Watching Is Out—So Watch Out!
    November 2014

    Watching Is Out—So Watch Out!

    I have been receiving so many requests lately for lifestyle advice, tips on public relations and media etiquette (not to mention recommendations about health and beauty maintenance), that I just haven’t been able to keep up with them all.

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  • The New Political Science
    November 2014

    The New Political Science

    I once presumptuously thought I knew what “political science” was (Aristotle told me), and I even remembered Eric Voegelin’s New Science of Politics, but I was wrong—again. Is there is p-p-pattern developing here?

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  • Something With Pages
    August 2014

    Something With Pages

    Some thoughtful soul, not I, would perhaps have some positive words about the present volume, and not without some justification.

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  • Deadly" "Kiss Me
    January 2014

    Deadly" "Kiss Me

    My title is not the title the film is known by, but it is, with familiar strangeness, the title that we see, as the credits crawl “the wrong way” (in this film, the right way), imitating the unwinding of the road as seen from a speeding vehicle.

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