Being way behind the curve

by Jesse Liberty

Warning: this blog entry is totally self-indulgent, has nothing to do with my books or technology, and there is no good reason for you to read it. Feel free to stop right now....

... There is a great joy, when you spend most of your time on the bleeding edge of technology, in being well behind the curve on some things, and for me that is most often music. I tend to listen to music in extreme phases (ask anyone who has had the misfortune of working next door to me).

When I was at Ziff it was Opera. I'd wanted to learn to like opera since I was a teenagr, and in the early 1990s I immersed myself in Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, and to some degree Wagner (Old joke: the answer is 9W. What is the question. The question is.. "Do you spell your name with a V, herr Wagner?")

Somewhat later it was jazz, and then blues.

This year, it is grunge( /hip-hop/post-punk/alternative-rock). It's like opening a small closet and finding a whole new wing of your house.

You may scoff (especially if you're in your 20s), but until last month, I had never heard of Nirvana, let alone Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers.