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Thursday, November 7th

From Buenos Aires to Helsinki.

Caterina Barbieri (modular synthesizer), live, Helsinki, 2018

 

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lagniappe

random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.

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reading table

Reading is rapture (or if it isn’t, I put the book down meaning to go on with it later, and escape out the side door). A felicitously turned sentence can induce it. Or a description. Or unexpected behavior. Or ordinary behavior raised to the nth degree. Or intolerable suspense, as with the second half of Conrad’s Victory. Or the forward movement of prose that is bent only on saying what the writer has to say. Or dialogue that carries with it the unconscious flowering of character. Or, sometimes, a fact.

—William Maxwell (1908-2000), The Outermost Dream

Sunday, November 3rd

back to church

Swanee Quintet, live, 2017

 

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lagniappe

random sights

this morning, Oak Park, Ill.

*****

reading table

In the summer of 1948, chance deposited my wife and me in the bleachers of a tiny one-ring circus playing under a tent on the outskirts of Florence.

—William Maxwell (1908-2000), The Outermost Dream

Friday, February 28th

only rock ’n’ roll

Cloud Nothings, “Psychic Trauma”

Live, Houston, 2013


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Recording, 2014


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lagniappe

reading table

August Kleinzahler (1949-), reading “Portrait of My Mother in January”:


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The older I get the more grateful I am not to be told how everything comes out.

William Maxwell (1908-2000), novelist, New Yorker fiction editor, etc.

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