After the "Farewell, I'm moving on"column, which is generally mawkish and self-indulgent (though I tried my best to make my last effort for the Sun-Times something else), one of my least favorite screeds is the "Hello, welcome to my new column" column, which not only seems equally self-indulgent, but ultimately pointless. Really, now, Mr. Columnist/Blogger, just get on with it and give us the goods! Or, as I tell the students in my "Reviewing the Arts" classes at Columbia College, "Don't tell me, show me." Nevertheless, through several weeks of mulling over what my first entry in this new space should be, I couldn't come up with anything that worked better than, "Hello, welcome to my new blog." In fact, it seemed downright rude not to say that. Therefore: Welcome. Glad you found me again. Bookmark me and come back often!
Since my dear friend and once-again colleague Rob Feder announced that I was leaving the newspaper gig I held for 15 years to join the Columbia faculty full-time and to blog beside him and the other stellar talents on this site, the question I've been asked most often is, "What are you going to do for Vocalo.org that you couldn't/didn't do for the newspaper?" Honestly: Absolutely nothing. This simply is the place I feel best doing it. So here is what you will find in this space: