Having demonstrated how easy it is to find fault with Norman Lebrecht's The Maestro Myth: Great Conductors in Pursuit of Power, I feel it fair to point out one virtue of the book, even if it was a strictly personal one. I spent two hours in a dentist's chair on Friday morning for the first stage of a crown replacement. This required several intervals of waiting for a moderate period of time. Lebrecht sustained me through all of those periods. This is a text that can stand up to interruption no matter where you happen to be; and you can easily pick up where you left off, regardless of how long the interruption took. I am not used to reading books where you can do that. I suspect it is just as well that such books are not a regular part of my reading diet, but it was there when I needed it to get me through my dental appointment!