Yes, I thought much of his writing on 20th-century music was lamentable. But at least he was saying something. On balance I’m not happy to read that Bernard Holland is leaving the New York Times because the wider point is that he isn’t being replaced, it’s simply that the NY Times is downsizing its classical music coverage. (And they’re not the only ones this week – Detritus brings us news of Melinda Bargreen’s departure from the Seattle Times.) Just another nail in the coffin of public cultural debate.
Amongst all the whooping and hollering going on, Joshua Kosman writes a warm appraisal of Holland’s work.