Monthly Archives: April 2023

Ash Grove

“The Ash Grove was a folk music club located at 8162 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, California, United States, founded in 1958 by Ed Pearl and named after the Welsh folk song, ‘The Ash Grove.’ In its fifteen years of … Continue reading

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Diamonds Are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball; Baseball I Gave You All the Best Years of My Life; Into the Temple of Baseball

“… I ended up with exactly that, an immaculate gem of a book. The book is called Diamonds are Forever: Artists and Writers on Baseball and, just as the title suggests, it’s a rich collection of artwork, poetry, and essays … Continue reading

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Craft Vs. Conscience: How the Vietnam War destroyed the friendship between Robert Duncan and Denise Levertov.

“1. One day in early September 1966, the poet Robert Duncan, then 47, was walking to a streetcar stop in San Francisco when lines of verse began drifting to him out of nowhere. He held onto the phrases until he … Continue reading

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How Film Forum Became the Best Little Movie House in New York

SoHo, NYC “… Outside on West Houston Street, the glow of the marquee — ‘Film Forum’ written in curving, blue neon letters — beckons like a spaceship. Upon seeing it, I feel the thrill of catching a movie in an … Continue reading

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Bern Porter (1911–2004)

Wisdom of the Questioning Eye: Five books from the 1960s, by found poet Bern Porter – Mark Melnicove. “What to call Bern Porter? Found poet? Visual poet? Mail artist? Book artist? Pop artist? Concrete poet? He was each of these, … Continue reading

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Professor Calculus

“Professor Cuthbert Calculus (French: Professeur Tryphon Tournesol [pʁɔ.fɛ.sœʁ tʁi.fɔ̃ tuʁ.nə.sɔl], meaning ‘Professor Tryphon Sunflower‘) is a fictional character in The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. He is Tintin’s friend, an absent-minded professor and half-deaf physicist, … Continue reading

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Fred Hampton Murder / Angela Davis Revolutionary

The Black Panther, Fred Hampton “… On the night of November 13, 1969, while Hampton was in California, Chicago police officers John J. Gilhooly and Frank G. Rappaport were killed in a gun battle with Panthers; one died the next … Continue reading

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The Hipster of Joy Street: An introduction to the life and work of John Wieners

1966 “John Wieners (January 6, 1934 – March 1, 2002) was a Beat poet and member of the San Francisco Renaissance; an antiwar and gay rights activist. His poetry combined candid accounts of sexual and drug-related experimentation with jazz-influenced improvisation.” … Continue reading

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Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism

“The Prairie Fire Organizing Committee is an activist group whose members advocate the overthrow of the current capitalist system as the only solution to racism, sexism, homophobia, classism and imperialism. … The Prairie Fire Organization began in 1975. It sprang … Continue reading

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Remembrance of Things Past: The Leopard

“Giuseppe di Lampedusa’s novel The Leopard had a hard time finding a publisher but was well-known by the time Luchino Visconti began working on his film of the same name. The book appeared in Italy in 1958 and was subsequently … Continue reading

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