Uncommon Measure: A Journey Through Music, Performance, and the Science of Time

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Bellevue Literary Press
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5.1 X 8.1 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds

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About the Author

Natalie Hodges has performed as a classical violinist throughout Colorado and in New York, Boston, Paris, and the Italian Piedmont, as well as at the Aspen Music Festival and the Stowe Tango Music Festival. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she studied English and music, and currently lives in Boulder, Colorado. Uncommon Measure is her first book.


National Book Award Longlist
NPR "Best Books of the Year" selection
Smithsonian Magazine "Best Books of the Year" selection
Marginalian "Favorite Books of the Year" selection
New York Times "Editors' Choice" selection
Poets & Writers "Page One" selection

"Uncommon and genre-defying." -Alexandra Jacobs, New York Times

"Incandescent." --Kat Chow, New York Times Book Review

"Hodges undertakes a captivating study of the science of time--physics and music--in this very special memoir that defies categorization." --NPR

"[Uncommon Measure] will resonate with both music and science lovers alike, who will appreciate the bridges Hodges draws between scientific disciplines, music theory and her life." --Shi En Kim, Smithsoniam Magazine

"Hodges considers the elemental truth pulsating beneath our experience of music and of our very lives." --Maria Popova, Marginalian

"This is one those rare books that inspires one to go back time and again to re-read a sentence simply because of the elegance and penetrating insight with which it is written. . . . Unputdownable." --Julian Haylock, The Strad

"Uncommon Measure is a memoir in essays, but twists the genre by infusing it with neuroscience, physics and intoxicating descriptions of music. . . . Relatable and elegant. . . . An enchanting look into the world of classical music and beyond." --Hana Zittel, Birdy magazine

"With carefully wrought lyricism, Hodges provides music history and mature insight." --Martha Anne Toll, Electric Literature

"Uncommon Measure is an uncommon book, both in topic and technique. . . . I couldn't help falling in love with Natalie Hodges' bittersweet nostalgia, dry wit, and seductive, 'backstage pass' point of view." --Grace Utomo, International Examiner

"Korean American violinist Hodges debuts with a literary mosaic of invention, inquiry, and wonder that interrogates classical music, quantum entanglement, the Tiger Mother stereotype, and the fluidity of time. . . . In restrained yet lyrical prose, Hodges . . . offer[s] a luminous meditation on the ways in which art, freedom, and identity intertwine. This impresses at every turn." --Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"Masterful. . . . [Hodges's] writing is deeply intelligent and exquisitely personal, expertly balancing emotional vulnerability with trenchant analysis, and her lyrical prose and clarity of thought render each page a pleasure to read." --Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Bridge[s] the time-space continuum in musical terms. . . . A book to savor." --Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"A dazzling look at memory and the universe. . . . Hodges ponders these puzzles with intellectual depth, unique perspectives, and an artistic, eloquent, and inspiring voice." --Booklist

"Poignant. . . . [Uncommon Measure] makes a valuable contribution to the ever-expanding universe of works addressing science and music." --Library Journal

"Natalie Hodges is a musician with a poet's soul and a writer with a musician's heart. Her prose partita, Uncommon Measure, is an extraordinary translation of music, devotion, and sorrow into the literary, recounting her relinquishment of a performance career and her continued love of music. In these pages, if no longer on the stage, she is brilliantly making us hear." --Susan Faludi,