Over the next few weeks, you may notice that our posts are slightly out of sync with our posted weekly readings. Since Zach and I have not been able to post as much as we would like over the last weeks, we are going to go back and work through some of the fascinating content Taruskin covers: symphonies, concertos, “the anatomy of a joke,” and plenty more. We both felt it was more important to take our time and really dig into the content of these chapters than to rush past them simply for the sake of scheduling. So the reading schedule will trudge on as planned to the end of this volume, with our essays in slight tension with the page numbers posted. But don’t worry—now that we have reached our FOP, we can gradually work our way back into resolution with the reading by the time we reach Vol. III.
Contrary to my slightly facetious post yesterday about the “labor” of reading OHWM, I have to say that the reading so far has been an absolute pleasure. Here we have a magnum opus (if one can have a magnum opus with so much of his career left in front of him) from one of the sharpest minds in the humanities today. It has only been two days, and already I am looking forward to what I’ll read tomorrow. This is going to be fun!