I will be back in the new year, hopefully with the final manuscript of The Rest Is Noise in the hands of a miraculously patient publisher. Fortunately, I have two eagle-eyed editrices to help out in the race to the end. I'd like to take a moment to thank all who have read this blog since I started it, and all who written in with tips, quibbles, corrections, and kind words. The latest lead is from a reader who advises that the Austin High School Band is not the only marching band in Texas that has been giving whip-smart renditions of Shostakovich's Tenth Symphony: the Cedar Park High School Band is another. (Shostakovich, it turns out, comes as a prepackaged Marching Band Concept, replete with T-shirts.) I'm also about to mark my tenth anniversary in my current job, for which I have to thank — with more depth of feeling than a few keystrokes in cyberspace can convey — the editors and readers of The New Yorker.