That gas station down the road may be part of an aesthetically valid composition.
Take this critic’s advice: When it comes to appreciating a classical music concert, here’s how to listen and what to look for.
"Only in the city can one be so certain of the season. In the country, the issue is still in doubt. We cannot purchase proof of spring. What we have here is the mere best that God can do, which, as March runs into April, seems not to be much."
"Out on the roads, for two or three wretched weeks in early spring, you meet your match, you come to accept that that mud beats metal, just as scissors beat paper, or paper beats rock. Get prepared, they say in Belarus or Berkshire County, get used to it, and endure."