music clip of the day



Sunday, November 29th

These sounds, which I bumped into the other night on the radio (Sinner’s Crossroads, WFMU), I can’t get out of my head—not that I’d want to.

Rev. Charles White, “How Long,” c. 1948



random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.


Saturday, November 29th


Tashi Dorji, live (WFMU performance space), Jersey City, N.J., 9/7/14






reading table

‘Like manufacturers’ instructions. In case of failure, try words.’

—Penelope Fitzgerald, Offshore

Saturday, July 5th

Ernst Reijseger (cello) with Harmen Fraanje (organ), “Shadow” (Cave of Forgotten Dreams), live



art beat

Timothy H. O’Sullivan (1840-1882), Pyramid Lake, Nevada, 1867



Each week brings new discoveries. Yesterday, on the radio (WFMUGive the Drummer Some), I heard this cellist for the first time. This photographer I bumped into Wednesday at the Art Institute of Chicago. Next week?

Saturday, March 15th


Christopher DeLaurenti (sampling Marvin Gaye, “What’s Going On” [1971]), live, Seattle, 2009



reading table: passings

Bill Knott, February 17, 1940-March 12, 2014

Night Thought

Compared to one’s normal clothes, pajamas
are just as caricature as the dreams
they bare: farce-skins, facades, unserious
soft versions of the mode diem, they seem
to have come from a posthumousness;
floppy statues of ourselves, slack seams
of death. Their form mimics the decay
that will fit us so comfortably someday.


*This I bumped into yesterday, listening to the radio (WFMU: Miniature Minotaurs [Kurt Gottschalk]).

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