ivory-tower


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incapable of dealing efficiently with practical matters

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For this reason, American corporations must make it clear they have no interest in being ethically audited, and certainly not being audited by a couple of ivory-tower ding-dongs keen to market yet another crackpot idea.
No ivory-tower theorist, this 49-year-old native Floridian says, "Students should not just talk about problems like global warming in the classroom.
Over and over Feldman tells us what painters (especially Guston, Mondrian, Rothko, Cezanne, Piero della Francesca) know that composers don't: for example, that atmosphere is more important than method, and that "everything we use to make art is precisely what kills it." Writing in an era in which the music scene was heavily dominated by ivory-tower figures, Feldman also tells us what the "outsider," like Charles yes or Harry Partch or himself, knows that the academician doesn't.