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Until the Fat Lady Sings: Can Opera Survive the Twenty-First Century?

Everywhere you go you hear music. Itís in clothing stores and supermarkets, and itís what you listen to on the phone while you wait twenty minutes to speak to a customer-service representative.

Because We Said So

Reviews of five new albums.

Where’s Your Head At?

Liars and Secret Machines—and I’m not talking politics, but two cannabizarre bands on a journey to the outer limits by way of Brooklyn.

FluxBox: Exploding the Miniature

The crank on the side of a wind-up toy or a music box is not just a mechanical device that sets things in motion; it is a generator of suspense.


The Brooklyn Rail

JUN 2006

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