I'll be back at the end of the month. Sometime in the interim, Noise will receive its two-millionth hit. Of course, some blogs out there receive two million hits merely for posting a photo of Lindsay Lohan's used Kleenex, but for a classical guy it's nothing to sneeze at. As ever, warmest thanks to all those who have read this blog since May 2004. (Terry Teachout was the first to notice it.) Next week The New Yorker publishes a second excerpt from my book, dealing with Copland and the Cold War.