A warm welcome to the Terry Teachout readers who have been padding silently around the site. Terry's About Last Night blog, which has the casual omniscience of some great old prewar café, inspired me to put this one together. You'll also notice a debt to the blogsthetic of Sasha Frere-Jones, who specializes in that rocking-roll music the kids like nowadays. Sasha, a gangsta musicologist of exacting taste and freewheeling style, is a brilliant addition to the New Yorker's perennially overworked and understaffed music department. Finally, howdy to readers of the mighty Andrew Sullivan, who published some of my first journalistic efforts at the New Republic. Thanks to all!