I want to read more about music but I find I get very bored when i sit down to do it. the most readable writing on music is also often the most purple-prose-ey and I don’t like that at all, it becomes this whole affectedly starry-eyed THING (or a cult of personality) that I just can’t stand. (Alex Ross, Tom Service, Paul Griffiths, no thank you.)

I find that I’m more interested in what other musicians are interested in; I don’t like Alex Ross’s writing but his taste is interesting and I’ve discovered a good amount of music this way. Thomas Adès and Stravinsky are two others whose tastes and inspirations are fascinating. making the connections between their inspiration and their own work teaches me more than whatever they’ve said about their own music.