True Story


One night, when I was living in Washington, D.C., I walked up to the McPherson Square metro station and stopped for a moment to stare. There on the sidewalk, hanging around the entrance, were two ducks. I think they were together. I mean, I’m not a duck expert, but they looked quite different from each… Read more »

The Chopin Effect

The most beautiful piece of music I’ve ever heard is an Arthur Rubinstein recording of the second movement of Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor. It was done in the 1950s, and though records had long been replaced by compact discs by the time I listened to it, my roommate happened to have… Read more »