Monthly Archives: April 2022

David Behrman: Slides and Whooshes

Tom Johnson: “Most of the electronic music we hear is produced on the many brands of no-fuss-no-muss music synthesizers. They are available now for as little as $1000 or $1500, so composers everywhere have access to them and, in many … Continue reading

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The dark legacy of Carlos Castaneda

“For fans of the literary con, it’s been a great few years. Currently, we have Richard Gere starring as Clifford Irving in ‘The Hoax,’ a film about the ’70s novelist who penned a faux autobiography of Howard Hughes. … Much … Continue reading

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Shakespeare and Company, Paris – A History of the Rag & Bone Shop of the Heart

“This first-ever history of the legendary bohemian bookstore in Paris interweaves essays and poetry from dozens of writers associated with the shop–Allen Ginsberg, Anaïs Nin, Ethan Hawke, Robert Stone and Jeanette Winterson, among others–with hundreds of never-before-seen archival pieces, including … Continue reading

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Jorge Amado’s Influence on Brazilian Culture

“When Jorge Amado died in 2001, people were already talking about him as Brazil’s cultural ambassador to the world. His novels, translated into nearly 50 languages, made many in the West suddenly familiar with the largest Latin American nation. … … Continue reading

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Introduction to Found Poetry

A piece of blackout poetry, created by blocking out words from a found piece of newsprint W – Found poetry, W – Erasure (artform) “Poetry is everywhere, and it hides in plain view. Everyday writing like catalogs and tax forms … Continue reading

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The Moderns: An Anthology of New Writing in America edited by LeRoi Jones

“An anthology called The Moderns had better, one thinks, be good. If it isn’t, it will be difficult for it to avoid appearing pretentious, which, I am afraid, is how Mr. Jones’s collection strikes me. His Introduction does not help … Continue reading

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Van Morrison Is More Than ‘Astral Weeks’—and He Damn Well Knows It

“Astral Weeks turns 50 this month. What a record. Lester Bangs, in perhaps the greatest piece of rock criticism ever written, poetically referred to the 1968 Van Morrison album as a ‘beacon, a light on the far shores of the … Continue reading

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The Responsive Eye (1966)

“I often say that if I was ever invited to curate an exhibition, I would choose the topic 1965, the year I was born. I have an innately strong connection to many artworks and respect for many of the artists … Continue reading

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Hacker culture

“The hacker culture is a subculture of individuals who enjoy – often in collective effort – the intellectual challenge of creatively overcoming the limitations of software systems or electronic hardware (mostly digital electronics), to achieve novel and clever outcomes.[1] The … Continue reading

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The Harvard Psychedelic Club – Don Lattin

“In the winter of 1960-61, when their lives began to overlap in Cambridge, Mass., Timothy Leary, Richard Alpert, Andrew Weil and Huston Smith resembled tweedy extras from ‘Mad Men.’ These future psychedelic pioneers were still buttoned-down intellectuals and careerists, men … Continue reading

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