This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more devotedly than ever before.
That was how Leonard Bernstein handled these kinds of situations. And me?
Back when I was putting out an antiwar, underground paper, I took a look at what being a professional gadfly did to a person’s life. It wasn’t pretty: poverty, broken relationships, it was a mess. I decided I wanted a more stable life, so I took a step back, got on with my education and got a series of real jobs.
So now some guys who continued the struggle, guys who could have been my mentors, were slaughtered by a couple of idiots who somehow thought that taking Kalashnikovs to a couple of old men armed with pencils, plus whoever else happened to be around, was a heroic act. Jeez.
So what can I do more devotedly than before? Shop, I guess; I’m good at that. Take a few photos. Go to a feelgood demonstration. Subscribe to Charlie Hebdo. Am I sorry I went into architecture instead of journalism? No, to be honest, not at all.