Photograph by Richard Termine/The New York Times
Ne(x)tworks at 110 Livingston Street
The New York Times, April 13, 2009
And we're back, after the longest break I've ever taken from blogging. Let's not dwell on the reasons why I haven't posted anything since late December; suffice it to say that for the first few months I was overly busy with work and moving to a new apartment, and during the last month or so I've been, well, fretting over how to get restarted.
Blog every single review and feature missed since December individually? Lump them all together in a single catch-up post? Redesign the entire site? Seriously, worrying about this created its own sort of blogging paralysis.
Ridiculous, I know.
But here we are again, thanks to a performance I saw on Sunday that was so huge, so profound and so moving that I had to post my Times review: Morton Feldman's String Quartet No. 2. The six-hour opus was magnificently played by an excellent string quartet representing the new-music collective Ne(x)tworks during a preview of the new downtown Brooklyn space Issue Project Room will one day occupy.
One note I didn't mention is that the entire performance was streamed live on Q2, the excellent and adventurous Internet radio channel operated by WNYC/WQXR. If you missed the webcast, keep an eye on the Q2 site: the entire performance was recorded and will be posted for streaming shortly.
(And those missed reviews and features? Watch for an omnibus catch-up post soon.)