Trifles Make Perfection Paperback – 1 Mar 2004
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Much of his writing is about music and the cultured life, in which the participants aimed for perfection for perfection's sake, down to the smallest detail. Hence, the title of this volume of Wechsberg pieces. TRIFLES MAKE PERFECTION is a magpie collection of fifteen of his non-fiction essays, dating from 1948 through 1979. Six of them originally were published in "The New Yorker" and all, to varying degrees, are marked by "The New Yorker" style (in a few, a little too much so). The atmosphere that pervades them is that of the Old World, especially the coffeehouse, the chamber music salon, and "le grande cuisine". By now, some of the pieces are musty, and I suspect the book would be most appreciated by readers over 50, perhaps even 60. But it does provide a wonderful and sensitive pointillist picture of a European culture whose death knell was sounded by the Nazis and their conflagration of Europe.