E pluribus plures
When my middle and high-school orchestra teacher first exposed me to South Indian classical music, my musical sensibilities were offended.
The (second) last tango
This is my penultimate column as an undergraduate: after this one, you'll have the highest privilege of reading one more by me, and then I'll be off to graduate school
Stranger than fiction
Finding joy in level one
"White Teeth" snow and the relationship between past and future
Snow is a beautiful thing, but it too quickly becomes a history book–a journal of the past.
Ives' unanswered questions
Charles Ives was a life insurance salesman with an inner life. After receiving a music degree from Yale in 1898, Ives decided to continue composing, but only as a hobby.
You're a circle, I'm a square and that's okay
One of the most fertile re-conceptualizations in abstract mathematics is the shift from the question, “Does x equal y?” to the question, “Do x and y share enough properties that, as far as their...
When I was a little kid, my dad would participate in an annual conference at Disney World, and my mom and I would come along to take part in the magic.
Silent and opaque
Time is on my mind.
Behind that locked door
A large part of the genius of George Harrison’s music is that, on the one hand, he is always striving for a sense of metaphysical oneness with the universe, and, on the other, he is fully (and...
Musings at sunrise
There’s something about the feeling of driving west as the day breaks around you, the sun rising in your rear-view mirror.
Bubbles and 'human nature'
In recent days, I’ve taken to blowing bubbles as a pastime.
The clamor of the voiceless
The human voice figures prominently in the theory of Indian--Hindustani--classical music.
The rights way to go
Utilitarianism has its problems, but its natural and philosophically meaningful way of resolving conflicts between interests is one of its biggest strengths.
Where we're at and where we're going
Questions of a universal scale
For the past two weeks, I’ve been in France, the birthplace of the famous—or infamous—slogan: liberté, égalité, fraternité.
Back in the early days of the debate around the Affordable Care Act, a sizable proportion of the discussion was centered around what the ACA’s critics called “death panels.”
Discussing politics over 'desert'
This past New Year’s Eve, while my family was celebrating the holiday, the conversation turned to politics.