Learned from Tiffany Noonan that Luciano Pavarotti had died. Why should I mention it? During our Poetry Machine seminar, Paul mentioned him and his duet with James Brown in relation to Kasimir Malevich's Suprematist manifesto, where Malevich writes:
Objectivity, in itself, is meaningless to [the Suprematist]; the concepts of the conscious mind are worthless.
Feeling is the determining factor ... and thus art arrives at non-objective representation - at Suprematism.
It reaches a "desert" in which nothing can be perceived but feeling.

Extrapolated, we arrive to the voice as being compelling ("beautiful"), despite language barriers.

Of course, I tend to be suspect of any notions of feelings in the arts. In this case, opera makes the voice strange by pushing the limits of what it can do. It is this strangeness that makes it compelling, urging us to observe it, to attempt to analyze it.

But I digress. It just seems strange to have Paul mention Pavarroti on the day of his death.
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