So I have this book coming out, and it’s both exciting and nerve-wracking. But life (such as it is) still goes on at the News & Observer, diminished though it may be. And while the staff and the paper have both grown smaller, we’re still putting one out every day, which is not the case everywhere.
Although we’re smaller, the paper’s comfort-the-afflicted-while-afflicting-the-comfortable mission lives on. I do a bit of that myself, when the occasion arises on the arts beat. But most of what I do is about the art itself. I’ll be reviewing a concert Sunday night (My Morning Jacket, and it’s an outdoor show so I hope the weather’s decent), and Sunday’s paper has that time-honored newspaper ritual — the fall arts preview. This year, there’s the added benefit of a particularly intriguing series that pays tribute to Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring,” one of my favorite pieces of classical music. Take a look.