Dennis Baker, Gad Horowitz, Stephen Sondheim

  • Dennis Baker’s book is out. Not Quite Supreme, The Courts and Coordinate Constitutional Power (McGill-Queen’s). I started reading it from back to front –  the index, then the bibliography, then the notes. (Why not? Joan McGillvray, editor at MQUP recommends starting with the “end matter.” Most scholars do it, she says. Always a good way to get a feel for a book. A good index tells you something about the book and even more about the author. That’s Joan’s opinion. Perhaps she says it to keep her authors slogging through the last difficult task.) My report so far: the index is good and the bibliography, staggeringly good; it will appeal to the political philosophers among you. I’m now going at things properly, front to back. The cover is splendid. What an extraordinary building the Supreme Court is! In a strange and lonely setting. And why is the Canadian flag at half-mast?
  • Dinner in Toronto with Gad Horowitz and Shannon Bell. It’s always a good occasion. Gad’s worried about the fact that the Left’s turned against Israel and can’t explain it any better than the rest of us. His festschrift, a work in progress for many years, is now more than 800 pages in manuscript. It’s Shannon’s job to prune it. (Shannon Bell and Peter Kulchyski, Contemporary Critical Theory in Canada: Essays in Honour of Gad Horowitz.) Good luck, Shannon. I know some of the contributing authors. Egoists, all of them.
  • Stephen Sondheim’s ASSASSINS is playing in Toronto. It’s a musical about the men and women who murdered or attempted to murder the President of the United States, from John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald. A real romp, I hear, given a great production. The program notes are another matter. The dramaturge, Stefan Dzeparoski, writes: “It has been 18 years since the first production of ASSASSINS. What has changed since then that keeps this piece of theatre still relevant? Nothing and everything has changed one might say. The world is still in the state of perpetual war and fear, democracy is dead. In post 9/11 world, ASSASSINS are more than relevant in their role of exposing the exhausted destructive cultural and consciousness post-modern paradigm of Americanized world.”  The exhausted and destructive post-modern paradigm of the Americanized world! Democracy is dead! That’s the dramaturge speaking; Sondheim’s view is not so simple.
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2 Responses to “Dennis Baker, Gad Horowitz, Stephen Sondheim”


  1. 1 Dennis Baker February 19, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    Thank goodness I did the index myself instead of contracting it out (as some advised)! Thanks for the kind words, Janet.

    • 2 janetajzenstat February 19, 2010 at 5:34 pm

      Well, thank you for your very kind note on the title page. something to be treasured. I’ll have more to say Enjoying it. J


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