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Subject: Re: Albert, once again
From: donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:donald kane <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 20 Oct 2017 08:28:57 -0400
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I hope we have reached the point where both extremes of
reaction to the "complexities" of Albert Innaurato's life -
from sanctimonious adulation to belated "me too" brickbats -
have been exhausted, and that we can assume that the truth,
as usual, occupies a position roughly dead center.

dtmk


On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 7:01 PM, Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
wrote:

> Bob,
>
> Granting all the indisputable points you make, Albert continued to return
> to this forum like a "homing Pidgeon."   Whenever there was a hiatus, he
> would show up again to the delight of some and the horror of others.  I for
> one was glad he was always welcomed back, irrespective of the
> complexities...
>
> Steve
>
>
>
> On Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 5:53 PM, Bob Kosovsky <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>
> > > Those who wish
> > > to trivialize Albert's hateful behavior are more than free to do
> > > so. And, though you (plural) will certainly not care a whit, your
> > > acceptance of his cruelty...
> >
> > For approximately five months, Albert would email me the most vile and
> > disgusting insults he could imagine, often describing sexual anatomy (and
> > actions related to them) and mixing it up with what he presumed were
> > aspects of my character and person.  Every day.  Five months.
> >
> > Then he began to let up - it was only 2-3 times a week for another few
> > months - I think for about eight months total. It got to be that I
> > recognized why Albert never achieved greatness - he was too busy being
> > angry, letting his demons take over.
> >
> > At first it was really difficult withstanding this barrage (I must
> mention
> > Richard Slade's most welcome visit at the height of this).  At the very
> > least it made me much stronger in withstanding insults and slights from
> > people.  Perhaps it made me more cynical as well.
> >
> > On a few occasions, Albert would expound on topics on which I am very
> > familiar.  I came to recognize his technique:  He would bring up a topic
> > with a few choice bits of originality, and then would embroider it with
> > riffing and bullshit but with language that sounded so erudite that one
> > could mistake it for being morsels of brilliance.  A few kernels
> > surrounded by supporting information that anyone could find out if they
> > simply read sources.  (And you could tell that Albert's sources generally
> > ended in the 1970s; he was often not informed on research of the past
> > 10-20 years.)
> >
> > After a few years of quiet, Albert approached me with a gentler tone,
> even
> > asking me a few favors - which I did grant when I was able.
> >
> > My long-term interactions with Albert made me re-examine the Wagner
> > problem - does genius mitigate the horrible acts done by a person?  I
> have
> > to say: absolutely not.
> >
> > You are all welcome to believe that he made your lives better by reading
> > his words, but I hope you all realize the extreme hate and pain he
> > unleashed on many.  You can be thankful that you were not recipients, but
> > recognition and understanding of what many of us endured should not be
> > minimized.
> >
> >
> > Bob Kosovsky, Ph.D. -- Curator, Rare Books and Manuscripts,
> > Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
> > blog:  http://www.nypl.org/blog/author/44   Twitter: @kos2
> > Listowner: OPERA-L ; EXLIBRIS-L ; SMT-ANNOUNCE ; SoundForge-users
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