Aretha Brings It All Home

As a student fascinated with recording technology, I had the privilege of interviewing for a job at Columbia Records when I was in my mid-twenties. I was first asked a… Read More

The Arts: Soul Food

Efforts to defund the National Endowment of the Arts are a quadrennial budget issue here at home. And in many countries, artists, like journalists, are censored, jailed, or even assassinated.… Read More

Brave New World of Publishng

I grew up amid two publishing families. Roger Straus (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) and Alfred and Blanche Knopf. They were both family cousins and close friends of my paternal grandparents.… Read More

Puccini in Middlebury

From as early as I can remember, I’ve been an opera buff. I remember sitting in the orchestra section at the Old Metropolitan Opera House on 39th and Broadway and… Read More

Arts and Media

Many of society’s future creative endeavors will have no physical medium, raising questions about how those among us who choose some artform as a vocation will make a living. Let’s… Read More

Open Letter to the Board of the Vermont Arts Council

February 21, 2009 An Open Letter to the Trustees of the Vermont Arts Council Dear Trustees, I am writing this as an open letter as I was unable to attend… Read More

Use It or Lose It

One casualty of the endless roll-up of entertainment, media and consumer electronic companies into ever larger “media conglomerates” is culture itself. An article in the New York Times two years… Read More

*A Strategy for Managing Content amidst Myriad Emerging Network and Consumer Technology Options for Distribution

I. A Strategy for Preserving Content Value and Maximizing Distribution Opportunities (A white paper) “Given the amorphous nature of inflection points, how do you know the right moment to take… Read More