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Music

Mellow Cello

Hank Roberts' eclectic stick.

February 9th, 2013 · No Comments

Jazz cellists are a rare lot, often whittling from their own eclectic stick. That’s certainly true of Hank Roberts, a veteran of gigs with outside-thinking musicians including saxophonist Tim Berne, keyboardist Marilyn Crispell, guitarist Bill Frisell and bassist Mark Dresser’s Arcado String Trio.

Lately, Roberts has found a point of inspiration…

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Books

Sons and Brothers

LPs, midwives and odd couples in Chabon's not-so-bygone Berkley.

February 9th, 2013 · 1 Comment

Michael Chabon’s new novel is all about nostalgia and the consequences that come of change, both threatened and realized. It’s also centered on that other favorite Chabon theme: friendship.

Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe run Brokeland Records, a vinyl mecca of jazz, funk and soul lps located at the far end…

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Comics

Death of Comics Reboot

DC rebirth, movies are better, Chris Ware stinks. UPDATED

August 31st, 2011 · No Comments

Take aways from the publicity surrounding the “reboot” of DC’s line of comics:

– Starting over as issue #1 means not being bound by previous story line.  So maybe Lois and Clark aren’t married. Now what? “Part of the nature of culture is that we retell stories that are meaningful to…

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Poetry

Philip Levine – Poet Laureate

Working man's poet mines memory, makes music of American experience.

August 10th, 2011 · No Comments

Welcome news today that Philip Levine has been appointed Poet Laureate of the United States. I enjoyed Levine’s 2010 collection News of the World with its recycled memories and working class tales as well as its plain-spoken language , something often required of American poets; see Ted Kooser but, not so much,…

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