Can We Talk About Composer And Critic Virgil Thomson Now?


“Blithely ignoring conflicts of interest, he remained a working composer throughout his tenure at The Herald Tribune. His pieces were performed by leading orchestras, sometimes with Thomson conducting! He reviewed ensembles and artists who performed his music, usually quite favorably. While at the paper, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. Far from being embarrassed, his editors boasted of their critic’s accomplishment.”

Books of The Times: Review: ‘The Selfishness of Others,’ or I’m O.K. — You’re a Narcissist

Kristin Dombek’s book, subtitled “An Essay on the Fear of Narcissism,” shows how a clinical term metastasized into a sweeping description of our entire culture.

Alexandra Pelosi Muses on the Donors She Convinced to Talk Candidly in Her New Film

Ms. Pelosi, whose film “Meet the Donors: Does Money Talk?” debuts on Monday, spoke with one of our reporters at the Democratic National Convention.

An intimate look at Kate Bush

Photo: © Guido Harari, Double Kate (1989)
Kate Bush fanatics will get a kick out The Kate Inside, a new limited edition book with photographs of the singer taken by the Italian music photographer Guido Harari. The duo met in Milan in the late 1970s and worked together from 1982-93 on projects like the shots for her album Hounds of Love (1986). The 240-page book, published in an edition of 1,500 to come out in September, features familiar images but also many unseen photographs and outtakes, contact sheets and personal letters. A photography show, The Kate Inside: Kate Bush photographed by Guido Harari 1982-93, is also due to be held at Art Bermondsey Project Space in London (13-30 September). A Q&A session between Harari and the choreographer and dance teacher Linday Kemp, a mentor to Bush who wrote the books foreward, is planned for the evening of 16 September.