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by jserraglio
Sun Apr 29, 2018 9:33 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Growing GOP consensus — Trump will cost us the House and maybe the Senate
Replies: 9
Views: 926

Re: Growing GOP consensus — Trump will cost us the House and maybe the Senate

The popular vote does matter; it just doesn't matter directly, as of course it shouldn't. So long, that is, as we live in a federal republic.

Until the South, the Southwest, Texas and the heartland secede from the Union, direct popular election of the POTUS will never happen.
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: First mass-produced orchestral disk made in Britain, 18 Aug 1898
Replies: 1
Views: 519

First mass-produced orchestral disk made in Britain, 18 Aug 1898

National Sound Archive, British Library http://blogs.bl.uk/sound-and-vision/2018/04/classical-podcast-no-1-the-first-orchestral-record-made-in-britain-and-the-extraordinary-story-of-no.html Part one of the podcast details the background to the first orchestral recording made in Britain in 1898 by th...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 29, 2018 6:09 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Growing GOP consensus — Trump will cost us the House and maybe the Senate
Replies: 9
Views: 926

Re: Growing GOP consensus — Trump will cost us the House and maybe the Senate

If Mr. McConnell’s warning was not clear enough, Marc Short, the White House’s legislative liaison, used the dinner to offer an even starker assessment. The G.O.P.’s House majority is all but doomed, he said.
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?
Replies: 4
Views: 618

Pope Francis 5 years in — absolute monarch or social-justice prophet?

New York Times — by Jason Horowitz — VATICAN CITY — Five years ago, Pope Francis was elected to be an agent of change within a church shaken by scandals and the historic resignation of Benedict XVI. He quickly became a global force in geopolitics, setting the agenda on climate change and care for mi...
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 28, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Growing GOP consensus — Trump will cost us the House and maybe the Senate
Replies: 9
Views: 926

Growing GOP consensus — Trump will cost us the House and maybe the Senate

New York Times — WASHINGTON — President Trump is privately rejecting the growing consensus among Republican leaders that they may lose the House and possibly the Senate in November, leaving party officials and the president’s advisers nervous that he does not grasp the gravity of the threat they fac...
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:05 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Pope doubles down on caring for migrants and the poor—answering critics inside and outside the Church
Replies: 2
Views: 754

Re: Pope doubles down on caring for migrants and the poor—answering critics inside and outside the Church

The folks who really live off the system are middle and upper class. We benefit from a host of earned and unearned government subsidies too numerous to list here. The Jesuit chaplain of the U.S. House of Reps, reprimanded as being too political for reciting an innocuous prayer for basic social justi...
by jserraglio
Fri Apr 27, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

NBC News Opinion — With Lamar's Pulitzer, rap comes into its own as the most influential music in the world today. by Jeff Slate I voted for Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” for Album of the Year in the latest round of Grammy voting, but I wasn’t surprised that he was beaten out by Bruno Mars. My fellow Gra...
by jserraglio
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:37 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Trump auditions for Alec Baldwin's spot on SNL
Replies: 1
Views: 448

Trump auditions for Alec Baldwin's spot on SNL

Transcript of "Fox and Friends" phone-in interview, Thursday, April 26. ____________________________________________________________________ AINSLEY EARHARDT: Well, here's the presidential seal. There is the White House and inside the White House is the President of the United States, Donald Trump. ...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 26, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

I agree with maestrob. The more you search, the more excellent Leinsdorf recordings come to light, especially in opera. I would point to the Da Ponte operas, Turandot and Barber on RCA.

Mediocrity never sounded so fine. We should hear more of it.
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 26, 2018 3:18 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Belle wrote:
Wed Apr 25, 2018 3:00 pm
My rule of thumb in life is this; 'a belief in everything is a belief in nothing'.
Fortunately, in the USA at any rate, life does not imitate art, so let a hundred voices blossom.
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:45 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 68
Views: 6728

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I also heard a broadcast of Szell guest conducting the Chicagoans in Beethoven's 5th and 6th. Stunning, beautiful, unforgettable. Way better than the Epic studio recordings. I agree that Szell was more flexible in concert than on records, especially with orchestras not his own: NYP, VPO, RCO. He als...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 25, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs
Replies: 68
Views: 6728

Re: George Szell - Sony Complete Columbia & Epic Album Collection out this August, 106 discs

I collect his live Severance Hall performances. Three I could not live w/o — 1) Emperor Concerto with Curzon (greatest perf ever heard); 2) Benjamin Lees, Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra; 3) George Rochberg, Symphony 2. (who said Szell was an old fart?) Thanks for all the detailed info on ...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 25, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pretty Yende's Met Lucia: race and opera
Replies: 0
Views: 583

Pretty Yende's Met Lucia: race and opera

Anthony Tommasini New York Times — When the soprano Pretty Yende was training in the young artist academy at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, coaches suggested she study the title role of Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor.” “I thought they were crazy,” Ms. Yende said recently. She had some good reason...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 25, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I've never been much of a Philip Glass fan, but the absurd prize for Kendrick Lamar is pushing me in that direction. indeed, my struggle with Lamar's DAMN. reminds me of what it took to acclimate myself to Glass's Einstein on the Beach. I gave the vinyl box away three times but kept asking for it b...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 25, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Very enlightening, diegobueno, and I too would very much like to hear a musician's explication of the innovations in either one or both of Lamar's latest albums. Can't seem to find much online about that apart from the words. I know I am hearing something new but je ne sais quoi. Another thing that ...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 25, 2018 4:41 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

I believe THE HORN was referring to Konwitschny , not Leinsdorf in all three of his recommendations. His recordings of Der Fliegende Hollander and Tannhauser are also deservedly acclaimed. Agreed. I still listen to those two on vinyl but both are on CD. https://www.popsike.com/pix/20141127/171559167...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Hope that helps Thanks, that helped me a lot. And Pimp a Butterfly is on my listening schedule. I have been listening to rap off-and-on for 25 years and can understand why its detractors want to lump it all together for convenience's sake. Classical-music haters often rationalize their bias similar...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:59 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I don't pretend to understand his latest album except to say that it is unlike any other rap music I have heard. I have to say that when I started listening to the the songs I previously mentioned --Blood, DNA, YAH and Element--they sounded different to me-that's about all I can say about it-I wish...
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

The Iliad has its roots in a distasteful warrior ethos of mayhem, dismemberment and pillage, as well as the abduction, enslavement and rape of women. One can acknowledge that and still admire how its stunning artistry transcends mere thuggery. So too Lamar's thuggish roots, insofar as they exist, ar...
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 23, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

How such blanket expressions of contempt apply to the particulars of Kendrick Lamar's prize-winning work escapes me.

But if the discussion doesn't belong here, ask to get it moved out.
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

John F wrote:
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:45 am
Why does it signify, compared with the example I gave? . . . It's so obvious that I shouldn't have to say it again.
If I read him right, what's bothering IcedNote, and me, is the dismissive tone about rap adopted by some here.
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:37 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

It does signify if rap is treated with wholesale contempt, as it has been by a few here.
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:42 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

In this intemperate quarrel of the Ancients with the Moderns, what Mr. Slater terms the Pulitzer board's "whiff of condescension" appears to apply to both parties in the dispute: in this instance, the hide-bound pot stubbornly fails to recognize the arriviste kettle as his long-lost twin brother.
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 22, 2018 6:51 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

To me, Leinsdorf goes into the category of Teutonic "also-ran" conductors, those who get named when a "What's your favorite recording of ___________" thread has run its course.... we begin to get the recommendations for Konwitschny, Hollreiser, Leinsdorf, Swarovsky, Bongartz, etc....right.....they ...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 22, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Donald double bogeys the Michael Cohen course
Replies: 0
Views: 509

Donald double bogeys the Michael Cohen course

Washington Post — PALM BEACH, Fla. — President Trump vowed Saturday that his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, will not “flip” and cooperate against him in the special counsel investigation into his campaign's connections to Russia, attacking a New York Times story as part of a “witch hunt” against h...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 22, 2018 11:54 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

I think a Leinsdorf megabox is long overdue. Let's get on it Sony.
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Henry Fogel on Erich Leinsdorf Rehearsing



And yet another excellent live choral work with Leinsdorf/BSO:

July 16, 1966 Bach St. John Passion, Tanglewood

And a Mahler 5 with the greatest of all 20th century American orchestras!

by jserraglio
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

One of my favorite piano records of them all (did I forget the Richter & Leinsdorf/CSO Brahms PC 2?):

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by jserraglio
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

And yet another live BSO concert, August 25, 1963. Big choral works were a Leinsdorf speciality: 1. Prokofiev – Alexander Nevsky Lili Chookasian Tanglewood Festival Chorus 2. Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 And this commercial issue. https://res.cloudinary.com/reverb-lp/image/upload/c_limit,f_auto,h_12...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:22 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor
Replies: 39
Views: 4085

Re: About Erich Leinsdorf, conductor

Schumann Scenes from Goethe's Faust, Feb. 26, 1966: one among several distinguished Leinsdorf/BSO live choral performances in my collection. Britten War Requiem, 27 July 1963 is another. I also like his early orchestral recordings on Columbia with the Rochester and Cleveland. And in opera, I wouldn'...
by jserraglio
Sun Apr 22, 2018 3:44 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: Pianist Lívia Rév dead at 101
Replies: 4
Views: 797

Pianist Lívia Rév dead at 101

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRLt642Lll0 cRLt642Lll0 Lívia Rév, who was born in Hungary, started her musical education with Margit Varro. It was evident from a very early age that she was exceptionally talented as she won the Grand Prix des Enfants Prodiges when she was nine. She made her debut w...
by jserraglio
Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:02 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

The Economist To Pimp a Butterfly https://www.economist.com/blogs/prospero/2018/04/damn He [Kendrick Lamar] was the first rapper to get a storied and traditional prize, but it came for his second-best album. Better late than never Prospero Apr 20, 2018 by C.M. ON MONDAY Kendrick Lamar, a 30-year-ol...
by jserraglio
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Speaking of "specific vocabulary" in another sense . . . Lamar's music may or may not deserve the Pulitzer prize. I haven't made up my mind. But Lamar's album, as well as rap generally and his Pulitzer prize, has provoked strong negative reactions, the diction and tone of which is somewhat revealing...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 19, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Praise for Comey's book
Replies: 2
Views: 586

Re: Praise for Comey's book

I kinda agree. Comey's FBI deputy told Comey he was "screwed" after the Hillary hot potato got tossed into his lap. FBI DEPUTY You're totally screwed. COMEY Right, we're screwed. FBI DEPUTY Not us, YOU. YOU'RE screwed. [Exeunt] Enter Donald Trump, as The Vice, alone. TRUMP [aside] Is it really true ...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/kendrick-lamars-damn-a-track-by-track-guide-w476556 Wow, thanks for this-it helps! Regards, Len https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/a-track-by-track-analysis-of-kendrick-lamars-damn-news.31407.html My wife loves this album. She is reputed to have excellent musical ...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 19, 2018 6:41 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Praise for Comey's book
Replies: 2
Views: 586

Praise for Comey's book

I was up till 1:30 AM reading it. Got about a third of the way thru, up to the Abu Ghraib scandal. The narrative is compelling, and if my Kindle hadn't died, I would have read it strait thru at one sitting. Comey writes well and, flawed though he may be as a character in his own drama, something tha...
by jserraglio
Thu Apr 19, 2018 4:29 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

a slap in the face to classical music I don't see today's music Pulitzer jury, beleaguered by revanchists some of whom, as John Adams pointed out in 2003, would like to preserve the award as classical music's fiefdom, in the role of classical music's face-slappers. Even a playful love-tap up the si...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 18, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Cubs' Rizzo calls for shorter season after frigid spring
Replies: 0
Views: 521

Cubs' Rizzo calls for shorter season after frigid spring

Could this have more to do with the Cubs' cold start than the cold weather (under .500 in April, in 2nd last place after 15 games)? JESSE ROGERS ESPN Is Rizzo wrong for wanting fewer baseball games? CHICAGO -- Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is advocating for a shorter season, even if that means a ...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: How Captain Tammy Jo Shults saved the lives of Southwest's passengers
Replies: 0
Views: 520

How Captain Tammy Jo Shults saved the lives of Southwest's passengers

The Daily Beast — Just how masterfully Tammy Jo Shults, the pilot of the badly crippled Southwest Airlines Flight 1380, handled the problem of an engine exploding at 30,000 feet is winning admiration from thousands of her fellow pilots—and should finally help to temper the hubris of what has been a...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 18, 2018 12:22 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I don't follow the Pulitzer prizes too closely. So, in reading this thread, and like so many other things in our world, has the Pulitzer turned out to be a joke, at least in some categories? I don't know if the Pulitzers have become a joke, am not even sure if Kendrick Lamar deserves one of them, b...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

John F wrote:
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:18 am
The difference is that reviewers have professional responsibilities for which they are paid, while we have no such responsibilities and may say whatever we please, and I do.
And I in turn reacted.
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:05 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I don't know or care who this Pulitzer helps. That is irrelevant. I only know that it took me two times going thru the record to begin to get all the different voices, rhythms and stylings that Lamar was producing. I was not able to appreciate the work after a single hearing. We were just asked to n...
by jserraglio
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:28 am
Forum: Corner Pub
Topic: Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’
Replies: 1
Views: 495

Hannity’s rising role in Trump’s world: ‘He basically has a desk in the place’

Washington Post By Robert Costa, Sarah Ellison and Josh Dawsey April 17, 2018 https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/hannitys-rising-role-in-trumps-world-he-basically-has-a-desk-in-the-place/2018/04/17/e2483018-4260-11e8-8569-26fda6b404c7_story.html?utm_term=.37a48b8f3882 https://www.washingtonpos...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:57 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

New York Times — The Pulitzer Prizes startled a lot of people this year with an award that’s usually greeted as an afterthought: the music prize, which went to Kendrick Lamar’s album “DAMN.” It was not only the first time a music Pulitzer was given to a hip-hop album, but also to any work outside t...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 17, 2018 12:32 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

it [rap] hardly counts as music, it's all about the words delivered over a monotonous, unchanging beat. Far from being distinguished, the "music" of rap numbers is indistinguishable, if indeed it's music at all. I wouldn't say that describes Lamar's DAMN. This work extends the conventions of rap in...
by jserraglio
Tue Apr 17, 2018 4:53 am
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Does this work have any lasting value? ... That should be the criterion. That isn't and can't be the criterion for the Pulitzer Prize for Music or any other annual award. The judges can't be expected to foresee which of the year's new compositions will prove to have had "lasting value," however tha...
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

Well, I too am and have long been a fan of Anthony Braxton's music. I wasn't aware that he has a 2017 album or composition that could be so awarded. As for Ellington, I believe he never got this music award: a shameful but explicable oversight. How ephemeral DAMN turns out to be, it's probably too e...
by jserraglio
Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Classical Music Chatterbox
Topic: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????
Replies: 68
Views: 7153

Re: 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Music--Kendrick Lamar????

I think rap is the most significant development in popular music in the past 30 years. In any event, I wouldn't tag it, ephemeral or not, as substandard garbage or dumbed-down trash . Whether Lamar's album deserves a Pulitzer is another matter. I have heard it and it struck me as being pretty tame a...