Monthly Archives: July 2022

A Brief History of George Smiley by John Le Carré

“George Smiley OBE is a fictional character created by John le Carré. Smiley is a career intelligence officer with ‘The Circus’, the British overseas intelligence agency. He is a central character in the novels Call for the Dead, A Murder … Continue reading

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Edith Schloss Burckhardt Archive

Copy print of the 1949 Rudy Burckhardt photomontage “Over the Roofs of Chelsea” created for the exhibition with Helen DeMott, Lucia Vernarelli and ESB at the Pyramid Gallery. “Avant-garde composer and musician Alvin Curran has written about his meeting with … Continue reading

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Where Is Brooklyn? – Don Cherry (1966)

“Trumpeter Don Cherry, an Ornette Coleman soulmate and a world musician decades ago, became one of jazz’s many early losses 10 years back. But saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, who joins him on this fizzing 1966 set, has since ascended to cult status, … Continue reading

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Mario Vargas Llosa: Fiction and hyper-reality

“When Mario Vargas Llosa, the precocious star of the 1960s ‘boom’ in Latin American fiction, ran for president in 1990 in his native Peru, many of his most avid readers prayed he would lose. As his friend, the Cuban writer … Continue reading

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Hollywood Babylon – Kenneth Anger

“Hollywood Babylon is a book by avant-garde filmmaker Kenneth Anger which details the purported scandals of famous Hollywood denizens from the 1900s to the 1950s. The book was banned shortly after it was first published in the U.S. in 1965, … Continue reading

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Meet ‘The Afronauts’: An Introduction to Zambia’s Forgotten 1960s Space Program

“Broadly speaking, the ‘Space Race’ of the 1950s and 60s involved two major players, the United States and the Soviet Union. But there were also minor players: take, for instance, the Zambian Space Program, founded and administered by just one … Continue reading

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History in photos: Is this photo of JFK’s killer fake?

“On this day, almost six decades ago, US President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. Among the many photos and footage that surfaced following the incident shows the accused killer Lee Harvey Oswald. In the video above, the … Continue reading

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Husbands – John Cassavetes (1970)

“In John Cassavetes’s Husbands, the director, Ben Gazzara, and Peter Falk play Gus, Harry, and Archie, three middle-aged, middle-class suburbanites who come together at the funeral of their close mutual friend Stuart, and, united in grief, commence drinking together. And … Continue reading

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Inside the Beat Hotel of Paris

“‘I lay there on the floor, he makes love to Nanette all night, as she whimpers,’ wrote Jack Kerouac, recalling the night he slept in Room 41 of a Parisian ‘fleabag’ in the Latin Quarter that his friend and fellow … Continue reading

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A Black Panther love story

February 1969: Pete O’Neal talks about the formation of the Kansas City chapter of the Black Panther Party. “Charlotte Hill O’Neal is known by several names. Residents of the Arusha region of northern Tanzania, where she has lived for decades, … Continue reading

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