Kaiser surrenders

Kaiser surrenders


norman lebrecht

June 09, 2015

Michael Kaiser made a career by selling himself as the Turnaround King.

His snake-oil worked at Covent Garden in London. It conspicuously failed at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Now Kaiser has written a book about the arts in America. Published by Backwater University Press, its title is Curtains? 

In other words, we’re doomed.

The advance copy hasn’t reached us, but these people have read one. Kaiser has no more shots left in his sack.

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  • Gregory says:

    It is published by Brandeis University Press, though provincial New England does seem like backwater.

  • Michael Schaffer says:

    Looks rather like one of your doomsday books, Norman!

  • John Borstlap says:

    The problem seems to be a typical product of capitalism, seeing ‘art’ as a commodity first. Of course this erodes any notion of cultural value.

  • Jules says:

    I do love the book cover. We just saw that ballet and it was stunning (Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings,” choreographed by Balanchine), so at least there’s that happy thought.