Monthly Archives: September 2021

Balanchine, the Teacher: ‘I Pushed Everybody’

“The setting is a ballet class, and the year is 1974. George Balanchine throws up his arms in exasperation at the sight of a dancer executing a step incorrectly at the barre. We may not be able to see her, … Continue reading

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Broken Circle/Spiral Hill – Robert Smithson (1971)

“Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is an earthwork sculpture by the American artist Robert Smithson. It was created for the 1971 Sonsbeek outdoor sculpture exhibition. The piece is located in Emmen, Netherlands. Broken Circle/Spiral Hill is the sole large-scale earthwork piece created … Continue reading

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Saint John Coltrane: The San Francisco Church Built On A Love Supreme

“Little of San Francisco today is as it was half a century ago. But at the corner of Turk Boulevard and Lyon Street stands a true survivor: the Church of St. John Coltrane. Though officially founded in 1971, the roots … Continue reading

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The Will to Change: Poems 1968-1970 – Adrienne Rich

“‘The Will to Change’ is an extraordinary book of poems and some thing else as well. It has the urgency of a prisoner’s journal: patient, la conic, eloquent, as if determined thoughts were set down in stolen moments. It takes … Continue reading

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A Family for My Art: Poets at the American Place Theatre

W – Wynn Handman “In 1963, a small not-for-profit theater called the American Place Theatre was founded in St. Clements Church, a Victorian Gothic church tucked away in Manhattan’s Theater District. The theater was founded by the minister and actor … Continue reading

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The Panic in Needle Park – Jerry Schatzberg (1971)

“The Panic in Needle Park is a 1971 American romantic drama film directed by Jerry Schatzberg and starring Al Pacino and Kitty Winn. The screenplay was written by Joan Didion and John Gregory Dunne, adapted from the 1966 novel by … Continue reading

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The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin – William S. Burroughs

“At a surrealist rally in the 1920s Tristan Tzara the man from nowhere proposed to create a poem on the spot by pulling words out of a hat. A riot ensued wrecked the theater. Andre Breton expelled Tristan Tzara from … Continue reading

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When the Nobel Prize Committee Rejected The Lord of the Rings: Tolkien “Has Not Measured Up to Storytelling of the Highest Quality” (1961)

“When J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings books appeared in the mid-1950s, they were met with very mixed reviews, an unsurprising reception given that nothing like them had been written for adult readers since Edmund Spencer’s epic 16th century English poem The Faerie Queene, perhaps. … Continue reading

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I Called Him Morgan – Kasper Collin (2016)

“I Called Him Morgan is a 2016 Swedish produced documentary film written and directed by Kasper Collin which gives an account of the life of and relation between jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen Morgan, later responsible … Continue reading

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Clarke’s three laws

“British science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke formulated three adages that are known as Clarke’s three laws, of which the third law is the best known and most widely cited. They are part of his ideas in his extensive writings … Continue reading

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