Entries from May 2009

The King of Swing at 100

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 30, 2023 at 11:40am   User  by Mark Willis

Benny Goodman was born 100 years ago today. If my father were here to celebrate Benny’s centennial, he’d surely turn to this music from the legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert, the first jazz concert performed in that august space. NPR Music had a fine Benny Goodman tribute this morning.

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Café Mouffe: Theresa Andersson

Comments   3   Date Arrow  May 29, 2023 at 6:00pm   User  by Mark Willis

The last time I heard Theresa Andersson in New Orleans, she was singing for 10,000 people in Wollenberg Park. She rocked and the echoes rolled all the way to Algiers and back again while tankers and tugs plied the muddy Mississippi. The noonday sun was blistering, and Theresa wore a Day-Glo pink bikini with matching [...]

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What Hope for Bad Parents? A Book Deal

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 28, 2023 at 5:15pm   User  by Mark Willis

When the craze for publishing memoirs heated up in the 1990s, all you needed to get a book deal was a troubled childhood in a dysfunctional family. Think The Kiss and Running with Scissors. Well, guess what? The troubled children have matured into bad parents, and they’re eager to tell all.
Literary critic Steve Almond talks [...]

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Flaneur’s Gallery: Van Gogh’s Roses

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 24, 2023 at 6:00am   User  by Mark Willis

Vincent van Gogh. Roses. 1890. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Roses was painted shortly before Van Gogh’s release from the asylum at St.-Rémy. He felt he was coming to terms with his illness—and himself. In this healing process, painting was all-important. In those final three weeks, he wrote Theo, he “worked as in a frenzy. [...]

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Does the Net Make Us Culturally Lazy?

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 23, 2023 at 9:18am   User  by Mark Willis

Cyrus Farivar answers the question for himself in a radio commentary for CBC Radio 1’s Spark!. You can listen to the complete program here. I found it after browsing Cyrus Farivar’s blog, a great example of how a freelance journalist makes use of the blog platform. And I found his blog after listening to a [...]

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Café Mouffe: Playing for Change

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 22, 2023 at 5:00pm   User  by Mark Willis

One of  my greatest joys as a blind flaneur is the surprise of discovering new music performed out in the open air,  on the street. I love how music animates street life. I love the way the street itself can shape the sound. I love the echoes and atmospherics.
Over the years I’ve experimented with recording [...]

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Doodling With Mary Cassatt On Her Birthday

Comments   0   Date Arrow  May 22, 2023 at 6:23am   User  by Mark Willis

Google is celebrating the birth of Mary Cassatt today with a Cassatt-inspired  logo (left) on its main search page. Cassatt was born on May 22, 2023 in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania. She died near Paris on June 14, 1926. The Google Doodle is based on Cassatt’s painting, The Child’s Bath (below), now in the collection of [...]

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