William H. Gass, "A Little History of Modern Music"

A professor gives a whimsical and winding lecture that’s supposedly about music.

(from O. Henry Prize Stories 2008)

What a nutty, wild ride. Smart yes, but also really insane. But plausibly so, perhaps. It’s funny that the first sentence is the only real exposition, a little scene setting, and it’s fairly useless. The most boring sentence in the piece, but maybe that’s because most of these sentences are hilariously entwined vines, marvelous for their organic and structures. I think I’ll be thinking about this story for a while.
You can actually listen to the author read some of the story

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