Monthly Archives: May 2021

Sun Ra and his Arkestra – In the Orbit of Ra

“It’s a hundred years since Sun Ra — née Herman Poole ‘Sonny’ Blount — arrived on our planet (although Sun Ra never really admitted to being of this Earth). And to celebrate his centenary, the Art Yard and Strut labels … Continue reading

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The Politics of the French New Wave

Paris Riots 68 “The world in the 1960s was a world on fire with change and revolution. It does seems strange, then, that when discussing the French New Wave the point of politics often receives only the lightest brushstrokes. Many … Continue reading

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Yarrowstalks

“Yarrowstalks was an underground newspaper (and later a magazine), primarily based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, that published 12 issues from 1967 to 1975. It is notable for being the first publication to publish the comix of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb. Unlike … Continue reading

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The Poetry Project’s Half-Century of Dissent

“February 10, 1971, on a Wednesday night in the East Village, a full moon glowed in the wintry sky over St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery. Inside, a group of New York’s most cutting-edge scene-makers gathered at the Poetry Project to hear … Continue reading

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Nixon’s Vietnam Treachery

United States President Richard M. Nixon with President Thieu in Saigon on his first visit to South Vietnam, August 1969. “Richard M. Nixon always denied it: to David Frost, to historians and to Lyndon B. Johnson, who had the strongest … Continue reading

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Kotok-McCarthy – A Chess Playing Program for the IBM 7090 Computer

John McCarthy “Kotok-McCarthy also known as A Chess Playing Program for the IBM 7090 Computer was the first computer program to play chess convincingly. It is also remembered because it played in and lost the first chess match between two … Continue reading

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Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing – Ed. Larry Neal and Amiri Baraka (1968)

“Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American Writing was originally published in 1968. This important work is kept in print by the efforts of Black Classic Press. The defining work of the Black Arts Movement, Black Fire: An Anthology of Afro-American … Continue reading

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What’s Going On – Marvin Gaye (1971)

“What’s Going On is the eleventh studio album by American soul singer, songwriter, and producer Marvin Gaye. It was released on May 21, 1971, by the Motown Records subsidiary label Tamla. Recorded between 1970 and 1971 in sessions at Hitsville … Continue reading

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Absurdism

Sisyphus, the symbol of the absurdity of existence, painting by Franz Stuck (1920) “In philosophy, ‘the Absurd’ refers to the conflict between the human tendency to seek inherent value and meaning in life, and the human inability to find these … Continue reading

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Blowin’ in the Wind: A Folk-Music Revolt – Jack Newfield (Jan. 14, 1965)

“On the frontier of every art form guerilla bands of prophets and crackpots are nourishing the orthodoxies and fashions of tomorrow. A decade ago the frontier outlaws were men like Miles Davis, Paul Goodman, and Norman Mailer. Bereft of followers, … Continue reading

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