Reading for Battle

Battle Readings is a regularly updated compilation of articles, essays, and opinion pieces relevant to the themes of the Battle of Ideas.

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Arts & Culture

On the radical in musicology
The discipline of musicology is pleasurable in terms of that which it disciplines; the unthinking enthusiasm of the amateur
Ian Biddle, Radical Musicology, 31 December 2005

Richer learning, poetic thinking and musical understanding
For music teachers, is the qualitative nature of musical experience incompatible with the quantitative measurements of skill attainment?
John Finney, NAME Magazine, 31 December 2005

The Recording Angel: Music, Records and Culture from Aristotle to Zappa
A classic account of how the changing medium has fundamentally altered the experience of listening to music
Evan Eisenberg, Yale University Press, 2005

Why polemics are killing poetry
Shirley Dent, spiked, 12 December 2005

Poetry as a weapon in the war on terror
Although valued increasingly for its personal or social benefits alone, can poetry really serve a pro-American agenda in Pakistan?
Philip Hensher, Independent, 6 December 2005

The sweetest sound of all
With its simultaneous love and distrust of language, poetry illuminates life for us
George Szirtes, The Guardian, 21 November 2005

The death of the LP
Donald Winchester, spiked, 21 November 2005

Are Video Games Art?
While many video games probably should not be considered art, there are good reasons to think that some should be, and that the debates concerning the artistic status of chess and sports offer some insights into the status of video games
Aaron Smuts , Contemporary Aesthetics, 2 November 2005

A Howl against performance poetry
Shirley Dent, spiked, 10 October 2005

Whatever happened to visionary architecture?
Architecture today, even at its most innovative, seems to lack a visionary quality.
Karl Sharro,, 2005

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