Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Misread of the Day #1

We read a headline in today's Times as saying "Study of Songbirds Finds High Levels of Memory." Fascinating, we thought. Of course! It makes perfect sense. They have complicated, intricate songs that require a high level of memorization. There goes science, proving what we already knew in our heart of hearts. Ah, look at the photo of the songbird, looking very sage and self-satisfied...brilliant, brilliant little thing.

An hour or two later, headline was glimpsed again with its true wording: "...High Levels of Mercury."

Oh.

(First part of an occasional featurette.)

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Phrase of the day

"The originals used for this album [Django Reinhardt—Volume 2: The London Deccas (1938 & 1939)] are a mixed bag—many English Decca shellac pressings, a couple of American Deccas and a few vinyl tests."

—Ted Kendall, liner notes to Django Reinhardt: The Classic Recordings in Chronological Order