Friday, April 11, 2008

Renowned violinist plays subway, most don't notice

WaPo reporter Gene Weingarten didn't have to brave any war zone or uncover any government secret to write this Pulitzer Prize winning article. What it did take was convincing a world-class violinist to don street clothes and play in a D.C. Metro station for 45 minutes one winter morning last year, and chronicling people's reactions. What follows is a story that embraces themes of beauty, context, time, American priorities, music, taste, dreams, philosophy and more. Frankly, it made me cry at one point, and that was even before listening to the recording of Joshua Bell's performance. This one's worth sitting down with the way you would with a good piece of short fiction. (Hat tip to Daryl.)

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