Monthly Archives: July 2018

The Fantastic Ursula K. Le Guin

“Politics has been obsessing a lot of people lately, and Ursula K. Le Guin is far from immune to bouts of political anger. In an e-mail to me last winter, she wrote that she felt “eaten up” with frustration at … Continue reading

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The Best of Michael Herr

“The brilliant war correspondent Michael Herr passed away Thursday at the age of seventy-six. Herr wrote the opening narration for Francis Ford Coppola’s surreal Vietnam epic, Apocalypse Now, and along with Stanley Kubrick and Gustav Hasford he wrote the screenplay for Full Metal Jacket. But Herr is … Continue reading

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‘Ramparts’, the muck-racking San Francisco magazine that helped spawn ‘Rolling Stone’

“The 50th anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine has arrived, and not without fanfare. Joe Hagan’s biography of co-founder Jann Wenner appeared in October to stellar reviews, and earlier this month, HBO aired Alex Gibney’s documentary film about the magazine’s history. … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Cinema in Order to Reveal It

“ONE Sunday last month, I visited the avant-garde filmmaker Ken Jacobs and his wife, Flo, in the top-floor loft they rent on Chambers Street in Manhattan. The plan was for Mr. Jacobs to show some work he will present during … Continue reading

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Philip Cohran & the Artistic Heritage Ensemble (1967)

“Philip Cohran is a Chicago mainstay who was part of Sun Ra’s band as a trumpeter from the ’50s until Ra left Chicago in 1961. He was also instrumental in helping to create the Association for the Advancement of Creative … Continue reading

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V. S. Naipaul

“Sir Vidiadhar Surajprasad ‘Vidia’ Naipaul, TC (/ˈvɪdjɑːdər ˌsuːrədʒprəˈsɑːd ˈnaɪpɔːl, naɪˈpɔːl/; born 17 August 1932), is an Indo-Caribbean writer and Nobel Laureate who was born in Trinidad with British citizenship. He is known for his comic early novels set in Trinidad … Continue reading

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Lucinda Childs

“Lucinda Childs (born June 26, 1940) is an American postmodern dancer / choreographer and actress. Her compositions are known for their minimalistic movements yet complex transitions. Childs is most famous for being able to turn the slightest movements into an … Continue reading

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene

Top: Marty Balin at Monterey Pop, 1967. Photo by Suki Hill. Above. Jefferson Airplane enjoyed a close relationship with promoter Bill Graham, who booked the band, which he managed during most of 1967, into the Fillmore in San Francisco and … Continue reading

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W. S. Merwin

“William Stanley Merwin (born September 30, 1927) is an American poet, credited with over fifty books of poetry, translation and prose. During the 1960s anti-war movement, Merwin’s unique craft was thematically characterized by indirect, unpunctuated narration. In the 1980s and … Continue reading

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Robert McNamara and the Ghosts of Vietnam

“Not long after dawn, Robert S. McNamara set out on a rapid walk through the half-light of Hanoi. A steamy drizzle soon soaked his dark blue jogging shorts and shirt. He stared intently ahead, barely glancing at the Vietnamese along … Continue reading

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