Entries from June 2010

David Murray On the Island

The saxophonist's Gwo Ka Masters project mixes Afro-Caribbean sounds, Ishmael Reed lyrics and Taj Mahal vocals.

June 26th, 2010 · No Comments

In his liner notes to Miles Davis’ post-Bitches Brew recording At Fillmore: Live At the Fillmore East, Morgan Ames quotes J.J. Johnson on Miles’ new direction. “If you put Miles and his new group in the studio and recorded them on spearate mikes, and then you cut the band track and…

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Stories Of the Times

The New Yorker's "20 Under 40" issue raises the question: Where are this generation's Steinbecks and Zolas?

June 25th, 2010 · No Comments

The New Yorker‘s “20 Under 40″ short story issue has generated lots of comment, much of it in the why-wasn’t-so-and-so included? category, some of it in the why-wasn’t-I included? category, the best of it in the (sorta) latter category and self-deprecating in a satiric way. And, of course, there was some that made…

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Chabon On Father’s Day

Not quite sacrificing your children on the altar of hypocrisy.

June 20th, 2010 · No Comments

Those of us who are not fathers or husbands understand Father’s Day through memories and envy. Neither of  those mental activities are exclusively positive, at least in the case of fathers. Even as fatherhood has evolved, its old stereotypes haunt our relationship to and understanding of the title: fathers are macho,…

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First Lines of the 20 Under 40

Whatever else they've learned in MFA programs, the New Yorker's celebrated (sorta-) young writers learned the art of leading with their chins.

June 19th, 2010 · No Comments

There’s been much blog ado over The New Yorker‘s “Summer Fiction: 20 Under 40.” Check out the gnashing here, here and here (we promise to complain more in a later post). However the writers learned their craft, they learned to write first sentences well. In fact, we found the lead sentence…

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Enlightened Electric

Guitarist John McLaughlin's To the One redefines spirituality

June 16th, 2010 · No Comments

Spirituality has long haunted the music of guitarist John McLaughlin.  But its a different kind of spirituality than commonly accepted.  Serenity is replaced by driven purpose sometime almost furious in its speed and direction. The organic is overcome by the electric. The enlightened sense of  “taking it as it comes” …

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Digging Up A Deadly Past

Joe Sacco's Footnotes In Gaza reminds us that senseless killing has a long history in the Palestinian territories.

June 15th, 2010 · 1 Comment

The Gaza Flotilla Raid in May that left nine dead and dozens wounded has already faded into the background of oil-soaked news. While in Seattle earlier this month, the Rabbit witnessed attempts at keeping the issue alive: dueling protests on the University of Washington campus in which both bullhorned sides…

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Tags: Comics

A To Not Quite Z

Douglas Coupland's Generation A is no Generation X

June 14th, 2010 · No Comments

Rereading Douglas Coupland’s  Generation X: Tales For An Accelerated Culture reminded this baby boomer how important and, in its way, groundbreaking the book was when published in 1991. Not that it received much attention, despite its title,  at release. No major reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The…

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