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Friday, October 28th

what’s new—and old

Andrew Bird (feat. Phoebe Bridgers), “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” (Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886), published yesterday

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lagniappe

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, October 24th

what’s new

The Crossing, live, Washington, D.C., published today: Shara Nova (1974-), from “Titration” (“Turn Ya Head,” “Safety in Peril or Calm,” “I’m So Mad I Could Spit Nails,” “Pulses”), 2022

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reading table

In the small beauty of the forest
The wild deer bedding down—
That they are there!

—George Oppen (1908-1984), from “Psalm”

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(Taking a break—back in a while.)

Thursday, October 20th

sounds of Leeds

NikNak (DJ/Turntablist), live (We Out Here Festival), Leeds (England), 2021

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lagniappe

reading table

the rain falls
that had not been falling
and it is the same world

—George Oppen (1908-1984), from “Of Being Numerous”

Monday, October 17th

timeless

Les McCann (1935-, piano, vocals) and Eddie Harris (1934-1996, tenor saxophone), “Compared to What” (G. McDaniels), live, Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), 1969

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

If you want to rob a bank, it really is best to start with a small one because then you might remember what you wanted to say once you’re inside.

—Nachoem M. Wijnberg (1961-), from “Can You Ask Your Banker, or Another Banker Who’s Still Awake, to Quickly Get Some Cheap Money, but a Great Deal, Not a Little?” (translated from the Dutch by David Colmer)

Monday, October 10th

like nothing else

“Old Man Dancing” (Carla Bley, 1936-): Chet Doxas (clarinet, tenor saxophone), Carla Bley (piano), Karen Mantler (keyboard), Steve Swallow (bass), 2020

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

This is the point in prefaces where I customarily say something nice about my wife. This time, however, I can’t think of anything that even comes anywhere near doing her justice. Her name is Susan Patek Booth.

Berkeley, California
May 3, 1997

—Stephen Booth (1933-2020), from Precious Nonsense: The Gettysburg Address, Ben Jonson’s Epitaphs on His Children, and Twelfth Night (1998)

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radio

Today, Thelonious Monk’s birthday, it’s all Monk, all day at WKCR (Columbia University).

Wednesday, October 5th

never enough

Sometimes, as happened yesterday when I stumbled upon this, music increases the amount of available oxygen.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II, excerpt (Prelude and Fugue No. 3 in C-sharp major); Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord), published 10/4/22

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reading table

We are here to listen.

—W. S. Graham (1918-1986), from “The Greenock Dialogues”

Sunday, September 11th

timeless

Quartet of unidentified incarcerated men at Cummins State Farm (now Cummins Unit), Gould, Arkansas, recorded by John A. Lomax on May 21, 1939, under the auspices of the Archive of Folk Song, Library of Congress. Photo of baptism at Cummins, 1953, from the University of Arkansas-Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture.”—Alan Lomax Archive, YouTube

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lagniappe

reading table

Bats have no bankers and they do not drink
and cannot be arrested and pay no tax
and, in general, bats have it made.

—John Berryman (1914-1972, MCOTD Hall of Fame), from Dream Song #63

Thursday, September 8th

more

Camila Nebbia (tenor saxophone), Michael Formanek (bass), Vinny Sperrazza (drums), live, New York (Downtown Music Gallery), 8/28/22

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lagniappe

random sights

other day, Chicago

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reading table

Life is not made for meetings;
like stars at opposite ends of the sky we move.

—Tu Fu (aka Du Fu, 712-770), from “Presented to Wei Pa, Gentleman in Retirement,” translated from the Chinese by Burton Watson (The Columbia Book of Chinese Poetry, 1984)

Friday, September 2nd

what’s new

Fantastic Negrito (aka Xavier Amin Dphrepaulezz), “Virginia Soil” (X. Dphrepaulezz), live (studio), published 8/26/22

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Chicago

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reading table

My Teacher once said to me,
—become one with the knot itself
til it dissolves away.

—Gary Snyder (1930-), from “Four Changes” (Collected Poems, 2022)

Monday, August 22nd

string festival
day one

Daniel Levin (1974-, cello) and Mat Maneri (1969-, viola), live, Columbia, South Carolina, 1/16/22

#1

#2

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Daybreak—
working as one,
two butterflies.

—Kobayashi Issa (1763-1827), translated from the Japanese by Lucien Stryk with the assistance of Noboru Fujiwara (The Dumpling Field: Haiku of Issa, 1991)
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