Monthly Archives: March 2021

From cold war spy to angry old man: the politics of John le Carré

“It is a truism that, as they get older, angry young radicals tend to relax into complacent conservatism. The fire of youth fades to a dull glow, or flickers out altogether; the injustice that once seemed so offensive becomes more … Continue reading

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Walk on the Wild Side – Edward Dmytryk (1962)

“Walk on the Wild Side is a 1962 American drama film directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Laurence Harvey, Capucine, Jane Fonda, Anne Baxter, and Barbara Stanwyck. It was adapted from the 1956 novel A Walk on the Wild Side … Continue reading

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The Wrecking Crew

“The Wrecking Crew was a loose collective of session musicians based in Los Angeles whose services were employed for thousands of studio recordings in the 1960s and 1970s, including several hundred Top 40 hits. The musicians were not publicly recognized … Continue reading

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Ali’s Smile: Naked Scientology – William S. Burroughs (1971)

“Ali’s Smile: Naked Scientology is a collection of essays and a short story by American Beat writer William S. Burroughs (1914–97). First published in 1971 as the short story ‘Ali’s Smile’, the book eventually contained a group of previously published … Continue reading

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7 mystery photos of downtown New York in 1968

“For a couple of months in 1968, one New Yorker walked around the East and West Villages, aiming a camera loaded with black and white film at the people and buildings encountered on the street. This New Yorker captured scenes … Continue reading

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John Ashbery’s Nest

“‘John Ashbery’s Nest’ is a website centered on a virtual tour of the Victorian home of American poet, collagist, art critic and collector John Ashbery (1927-2017).  The site provides a unique opportunity not only to see the art, objects, books … Continue reading

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Three Leonard Cohen Animations

“… The gravel-voiced singer-songwriter accumulated hundreds of nicknames over a career spanning more than half a century. He wasn’t thrilled by some of them, remarking to the BBC, ‘You get tired, over the years, hearing that you’re the champion of gloom.’ … Continue reading

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City Lights Books

“City Lights is an independent bookstore–publisher combination in San Francisco, California, that specializes in world literature, the arts, and progressive politics. It also houses the nonprofit City Lights Foundation, which publishes selected titles related to San Francisco culture. It was … Continue reading

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White Room – Cream, The Who – I Can’t Explain, Them – Baby Please Don’t Go, The Honeycombs – Have I the Right, John Lee Hooker – Boom Boom, The Hollies – Bus Stop, The Monkees – Daydream Believer, Eric Burdon & The Animals – San Franciscan Nights

“‘White Room’ is a song by British rock band Cream, composed by bassist Jack Bruce with lyrics by poet Pete Brown. They recorded it for the studio half of the 1968 double album Wheels of Fire. In September, a shorter … Continue reading

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How the Barbizon Gave Sylvia Plath and Joan Didion Freedom and Creative Autonomy – By Paulina Bren

The Barbizon Hotel in 1980. It offered exclusivity and an appearance of chaste propriety in an era when the city more broadly, and women’s independence in it in particular, were regarded as suspicious and full of dangers. “Joan Didion, who … Continue reading

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