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May 13, 2005


Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

I was very sorry to read over at Alan Sullivan's blog Seablogger that Alan is facing some grave health challenges. Alan has always been not just one of the best writers on the blogging scene, but an inspiringly calm and mature presence. He's one of those all-too-rare creatures who makes "being adult" seem like an attractive state of being rather than a drudgery-filled obligation. How sad to be reminded in this way that physical vulnerability of scary sorts often comes as part of the "being an adult" package.

Why not drop by Seablogger wish Alan the best? Me, I'm looking forward to reading many, many more Seablogger postings.



posted by Michael at May 13, 2005


Peripheral to the topic: in music, Chopin, Mussorgsky and Satie made great, ground-breaking contributions despite real weak spots. All three were primarily pianists and mediocre or poor at orchestration, and all were weak in long forms. (Satie was not even a virtuouso pianist.) Satie actually returned to music school in his forties after he had already written a lot of his most influential stuff.

Posted by: John Emerson on May 13, 2005 1:04 PM

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