As I write this, just after midnight on Tuesday night, I am unwinding from tonight's Carnegie Hall concert -- the first in my "Keyboard Virtuosos" subscription -- Andras Schiff with an elegant all-Schumann program. It's just what the doctor ordered in the thick of this hectic work week. In keeping with the Schumann-esque mood, afterwards we had dinner at Seasonal, a terrific German/Austrian restaurant just around the block from the concert hall.
On the reading front, I am still plodding through Proust (I wish I could say "pirouetting," or "prancing," but alas . . . ) and am overdue for a report thereon. Next week, I promise. Meanwhile, I am reading Too Big To Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System -- and Themselves by Andrew Ross Sorkin. I am quite possibly the last person among my friends to read this book, but although I'm late to the party, it lives up to its billing as the definitive account of the 2008 financial meltdown. The best "blurb" about this book definitely comes from Tom Wolfe, who described it as " . . . a fascinating, scene-by-scene saga of the eyeless trying to march the clueless through Great Depression II."