Monthly Archives: November 2022

Meet Honey Lantree, the Trailblazing 1960s Female Drummer

“Quick, who’s your favorite female drummer? Hardly a strange question! (Yes, you are allowed to pick more than one favorite.) Things were decidedly different when drummer Honey Lantree, the only female member of the 60s British Invasion group the Honeycombs, … Continue reading

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Brewster McCloud – Robert Altman (1970)

“Brewster McCloud is a 1970 American black comedy film directed by Robert Altman. The film follows a young recluse (Bud Cort, as the title character) who lives in a fallout shelter of the Houston Astrodome, where he is building a … Continue reading

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‘Power to the people’s mimeo machines!’ or the Politicization of Small Press Aesthetics

“Having engaged in small press practices of various kinds for more than half a life, from making the Ugly Duckling zine to co-founding the editorial collective of Ugly Duckling Presse, which was incorporated as a nonprofit in New York and … Continue reading

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March to Montgomery

Participants, some carrying American flags, marching in the civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965 “A week after [James] Reeb’s death, on Wednesday March 17, Judge Johnson ruled in favor of the protesters, saying their First Amendment … Continue reading

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Joan Didion and the Art of Motherhood

“Joan Didion was known for her confident, self-assured statements and the surgical precision with which she observed the world. The one adjective continually invoked of her writerly persona and her work was cool. When she passed recently, one of the … Continue reading

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Octavio Paz: Political thought

“… Originally, Paz supported the Republicans during the Spanish Civil War, but after learning of the murder of one of his friends by the Stalinist secret police, he became gradually disillusioned. While in Paris in the early 1950s, influenced by … Continue reading

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Dion: The Wanderer Has Never Left the Building

November 18, 2022: “When Dion DiMucci was attending junior high school in the Bronx, not long before he became a rock and roll sensation with the Belmonts—named for Belmont Avenue, near his home—his grandfather came over every morning to perform … Continue reading

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Ascension – John Coltrane (1965)

“Conventional wisdom—and many people’s understanding of jazz history—asserts that John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme is the saxophonist’s masterpiece. Recorded in a single session with his indomitable Quartet on December 9, 1964, it almost makes sense as a variety of Christmas … Continue reading

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Turtle Island – Gary Snyder (1974)

“Turtle Island is a book of poems and essays written by Gary Snyder and published by New Directions in 1974. Within it, Snyder expresses his vision for humans to live in harmony with the earth and all its creatures. The … Continue reading

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Katherine Ann Power: Weather Underground

“Katherine Ann Power (born January 25, 1949), also known under the aliases Mae Kelly and Alice Louise Metzinger, is an American ex-convict and long-time fugitive, who, along with her fellow student and accomplice Susan Edith Saxe, was placed on the … Continue reading

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