Monthly Archives: November 2021

The Sonic Arts Union’s Handmade Electronic Music, 1966-1976

Alvin Lucier at Brandeis Electronic Music Studio, ca. late 1960s. “Ann Arbor, Michigan in the mid-1960s is perhaps not the place one would expect the seeds of musical innovation to take root and sprout into one of the most interesting … Continue reading

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Travels: Collected Writings, 1950-93 – Paul Bowles

“Whether or not, as some people believe, the American author Paul Bowles was one of the greatest writers of the late 20th century, he was certainly one of that century’s most restless travellers. Merely to read about his comings and … Continue reading

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Diane di Prima and the Dream of the East Village Avant-Garde

“Freddie was running late. He was supposed to be in the East Village at the Poets Theatre, where his closest friend, the poet Diane di Prima, was hosting a night of dance performances. Recently, the friends had lost one of … Continue reading

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Gilbert Sorrentino – Steelwork (1970)

“… [Gilbert] Sorrentino would eventually begin publishing his own work, both poetry and fiction. Pantheon published his second novel (and fifth book), Steelwork, in 1970. The cover of the first edition showed a stylized image of the street signs at the … Continue reading

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“The Ecstasy of Gold”

“‘The Ecstasy of Gold’ is the title of a song composed by Ennio Morricone and used to great effect in the 1966 Sergio Leone film, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly. Over the last 50 years, the song has … Continue reading

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Transistor radio

A classic Emerson transistor radio, circa 1958 “A transistor radio is a small portable radio receiver that uses transistor-based circuitry. Following the invention of the transistor in 1947—which revolutionized the field of consumer electronics by introducing small but powerful, convenient … Continue reading

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Nico – The Frozen Borderline: 1968-1970

“Four decades after its release, Nico’s first solo album Chelsea Girls remains her most famous. Its bittersweet folk-pop has continually grown in stature, even hitting a pop culture peak a few years ago when ‘These Days’ showed up repeatedly in … Continue reading

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A Grace Paley Reader: Stories, Essays, and Poetry

“I sit down with a cup of tea. I have to get some words on a page. The problem this morning is that I cannot pull my eyes away from the news: chemical weapons, toddlers in oxygen masks, fathers holding … Continue reading

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Never Pure Source: In Response to Merce Cunningham

“… In 1960s diaries and letters, Merce Cunningham records days spent cooking beans and watching television, flipping between old movies, the news, and variety shows. In different spaces in which he lived and worked throughout the decades, I imagine him … Continue reading

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A Friend, An Enemy

“On April Fool’s Day, 1965, Amiri Baraka (known then as LeRoi Jones) sent a postcard to the poet Kenneth Koch. The image on the front of the postcard is racist: three alligators chase a Black man, who looks up to … Continue reading

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