Monthly Archives: December 2021

The Price of Power: Kissinger, Nixon, and Chile – Seymour M. Hersh

“… Admiral [Rembrandt] Robinson was the liaison officer between the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the National Security Council, and his office was a sensitive one: the White House’s most highly classified documents, including intelligence materials, routinely flowed through it. … Continue reading

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Olson, tape, noise

“In response to a request to record his reading at Goddard College on April 12, 1959 (made available by the Slought Foundation and PennSound), Charles Olson quipped about the apparatus in front of him: ‘What happens if it just goes … Continue reading

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Lost John Coltrane Recording From 1963 Will Be Released at Last

On March 6, 1963, John Coltrane and his quartet recorded at the Rudy Van Gelder Studio in New Jersey. The session was never released — until now. “If you heard the John Coltrane Quartet live in the early-to-mid-1960s, you were … Continue reading

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Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth – R. Buckminster Fuller (1969)

“Operating Manual For Spaceship Earth is a short book by R. Buckminster Fuller, first published in 1969, following an address with a similar title given to the 50th annual convention of the American Planners Association in the Shoreham Hotel, Washington … Continue reading

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Caterpillar: ‘A magazine of the leaf, a gathering of the tribes’ Continue reading

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Joan Didion (1934 – 2021)

“Joan Didion (/ˈdɪdiən/; December 5, 1934 – December 23, 2021) was an American writer who launched her career in the 1960s after winning an essay contest sponsored by Vogue magazine. Her writing during the 1960s through the late 1970s engaged … Continue reading

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Greenwich Village Theater in the 1960s

“… In the 1950s, the West Village and, later, the newly designated, edgier East Village (rebranded from the northern part of the Lower East Side around 1964) became the cradle of New York’s Beat generation, with its new, raw, and … Continue reading

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Fire Music: a history of the free jazz revolution

“One default reaction to the musical form called ‘free jazz’ — Ornette Coleman’s phrase for this improvised, experimental style of jazz — has long been that it’s ‘not music.’ This concise but cogent documentary directed by Tom Surgal is crammed … Continue reading

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The Illuminatus! Trilogy – Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson

“The Illuminatus! Trilogy is a series of three novels by American writers Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson, first published in 1975. The trilogy is a satirical, postmodern, science fiction–influenced adventure story; a drug-, sex-, and magic-laden trek through a … Continue reading

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The Rise of a New American Cinema, 1959 – 1971 – Jonas Mekas

“Back in the day when I was an aspiring young artist, one of my bibles was a well-worn copy (gotten at the late-great independent bookstore Paperbacks Unlimited) of Movie Journal, a collection of columns by filmmaker/impresario Jonas Mekas that had … Continue reading

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