Monthly Archives: January 2020

An Introduction to Novelist Gilbert Sorrentino’s Bay Ridge

“Bay Ridge is a neighborhood in the southwestern corner of Brooklyn. Unless you’re from Bay Ridge, or maybe the next neighborhood over, you probably don’t know much about it, or even that it exists; it’s avoided the coolification that has … Continue reading

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Little Stevie Wonder – Fingertips. (Part 2) (1966)

“Fingertips” is a 1963 hit single recorded live by ‘Little’ Stevie Wonder for Motown‘s then Tamla label. Wonder’s first hit single, ‘Fingertips’ was the first live, non-studio recording to reach No.1 on the Billboard Pop Singles chart in the United … Continue reading

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Peace March, 1966

“March 31, 1966. I live on 103rd Street near Central Park West, one of the very few whites in a block of Negroes and Puerto Ricans. Garbage strews the streets and children play in it. Their elders view the scene … Continue reading

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Film ’60s Hollywood: Power Shifted (or Did It?)

Timothy Bottoms and Cybill Shepherd in “The Last Picture Show” (1971). “The story of what is often called New Hollywood, the era of the easy riders, raging bulls, to borrow the title of Peter Biskind’s 1998 best seller, has been … Continue reading

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Game of the Century

“In men’s college basketball, the Game of the Century was a historic National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) game between the Houston Cougars and the UCLA Bruins played on January 20, 1968, at the Astrodome in Houston, Texas. It was the … Continue reading

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“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” – Martin Luther King Jr. (April 3, 1968)

“‘I’ve Been to the Mountaintop’ is the popular name of the last speech delivered by Martin Luther King Jr.King spoke on April 3, 1968, at the Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee. On the following … Continue reading

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Avant-garde jazz

Robert Palmer – Jan. 31, 1986: “They said avant-garde jazz, or ‘free form’ or ‘the new music,’ wouldn’t last -‘they’ always do. But the avant-garde jazz of the 1960’s, that initially chaotic-sounding assault on traditional notions of harmony, rhythm and … Continue reading

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