Okay, here's what I've been thinking about the last couple of days. First, I'm depressed as hell to read that the Chicago Sun-Times isn't hiring anyone to replace Wynne Delacoma. Doesn't leave much hope for us young critics whose primary career strategy consists of waiting around for our older colleagues to retire (it's a long wait). At the same time, I believe wholeheartedly in Allan Kozinn's latest call to arms in the NY Times. I've long felt this way. It's hard to believe the sky is falling when my mid-size, Midwestern city alone offers more concerts than I can possibly attend and I have stacks of CDs (good stuff along with plenty of junk, I'm sure) on my shelves waiting to be heard. Nor I have ever believed there was some Golden Age. Intrigued to read that Peter Shaffer has set dramatic his muse on another composer. Book-wise, I'm currently reading Jan Swafford's Ives biography. Enjoying it in sum, although it's not exactly a smooth read. Recently learned that 13 programs featuring The Cleveland Orchestra will be broadcast on NPR's "Performance Today," "SymphonyCast," and "World of Opera" starting June 9th. It's great news. But here's a sign of the times. We here in the home of the orchestra won't be able to hear the programs on the air because unfortunately the only Ohio stations airing them are in Youngstown and Dayton. A housekeeping note: My good friend Marc Geelhoed, at Deceptively Simple, points out that spammers had infiltrated the comments portion of my site. I've removed the spam and taken a measure I hope will keep it off for good. One more thing: does anybody give a crap about Katie Couric?