Many thanks to Justin for tending to the blog while I was away. Since March 23 I have been traveling in China and Alaska, and it was a wonderfully strange transition to go from one of the most populous places on earth to one of the least populous. Two New Yorker articles will result; I'll publish more photos and supporting materials when the time comes. Those who follow contemporary American music win no points for guessing what I was up to in Alaska; by "JLA" I don't mean Justice League of America. I am, of course, deeply pleased that my book was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer, in the shadow of the great Saul Friedlander. It's very good to see a different kind of composer win the music prize. And way to go, Bob! — Alex
More: Nico Muhly takes exception to another Pulitzer award, the one given to Gene Weingarten's famous article about Josh Bell performing in the DC subway.