Friday, March 21, 2008

diggin' Jeanne Lee/Ran Blake - The Newest Sound Around (The Legendary Duets)!!

YouTube w/ Mal Waldron doing "The Seagulls of Kristriansund" & "White Road"

Jeanne Lee Tribute

an obit

"As an improvising singer, there was always the option to scat, thus imitating the jazz instrumental sounds. There were also jazz lyricists who set words to instrumental solos. Neither of these options allowed space for the natural rhythms and sonorities or the emotional content of words…"

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Local & Horseshoe Bay trees

Glenn Gould Plays Ten Brahms Intermezzi one of his "romantic" records; right up there with the Sibelius...

farewell Mikey Dread

Mikey Dread 1954-2008 - A Tribute...

farewell Paul Scofield

Guardian obit: "The critic JC Trewin once described Scofield's voice as 'sunlight on a broken column'."

Aaron Vidaver's online Flickr reproductions of a couple of 80's classics--Nancy Shaw, Affordable Tedium (1987) & Dorothy Lusk, Oral Tragedy (1988)...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

terrific Marcela Valdes on Bolaño as Critic:--

"Brave" may well be the adjective that recurs most often in Between Parentheses, and bravery was indeed something of an obsession for Bolaño. "The figure of bravery is multiple and changing," he wrote in the starkly titled "Bravery." "For my generation bravery is linked with Billy the Kid, who risked his life for money, and with Che Guevara, who risked his for generosity, with Rimbaud, who walked alone at night, and with Violeta Parra, who opened windows into the night." Soldiers and poets, he liked to believe, were the bravest people on earth. He once joked that if he had to rob a bank, he'd choose five "true poets" as his accomplices.

Of course, courage is hardly an unusual fascination for an author. Writers love to glorify the difficulties of their line of work. They speak of wrestling with ideas and facing down blank pages, of battling with ham-fisted editors and triumphing over tin-eared readers. What makes Bolaño's preoccupation rare is that he associated bravery with failure, not triumph. Why choose to rob a bank with five poets? "No one else in the world," he explained, "faces disaster with greater dignity and clarity..."

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Man with Timbits, local trees

Physicists Successfully Store and Retrieve Nothing

"So storing a vacuum might sound ridiculously simple: Follow the same procedure but leave out the pulse, and you store nothing. However, Alexander Lvovsky of the University of Calgary in Canada and his colleagues and Mikio Kozuma of the Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan and his group have stored a very peculiar type of nothingness called a "squeezed vacuum..."

We're in it with Bush

"In "The Unexpected War: Canada in Kandahar", Janice Gross Stein and Eugene Lang use precious insider knowledge to reveal just how much Canada's involvement in Afghanistan is about Iraq. We didn't go there out of concern for a poor, beleaguered people, not even to prevent terrorism, but because of an obsession with America. "Washington's reactions tended to be the exclusive consideration in almost all of the discussions about Afghanistan. ... The political problem, of course, was how to support Washington in its war on terror without supporting the war in Iraq. The answer to the problem was the so-called 'Afghanistan solution.'"

Without appearing to support the war in Iraq would have been more precise, because, in fact, our commitment to Afghanistan was very helpful to the Iraq war. In 2003, "Rumsfeld was aggressively looking for countries to commit troops to Afghanistan to free up U.S. forces for the coming invasion of Iraq." When we later volunteered for some "heavy lifting" in Kandahar it was, once again, because "the Bush administration wanted to concentrate its military resources in Iraq and Rumsfeld clearly wanted NATO allies to relieve American troops in the south."

As far as the Bush administration is concerned, Afghanistan and Iraq are one war, and we're in Afghanistan, under American command, to help them fight it..."

Monday, March 17, 2008

farewell Tarheel poet, publisher, photographer Jonathan Williams:--

"Every day I wrote a postcard to Jessie McGuffie, a friend of Ian's in Edinburgh, and these cards were later collected as a small book, Lines About Hills Above Lakes. One of the entries was a poem, "A 75th Birthday Maze," for Dame Edith Sitwell. It was an acrostic, and the impetus had come from visiting the ancient topiary maze gardens of Levens Hall, near Kendall. The notion was naturalistic, then, in one obvious sense-as form has been said to be nothing but an extension of content. However, cowbells in a Mahler symphony don't stay cowbells-there is the new, second formal content of art-and letters in a poem are not made out of clipped, shaped yews and beeches. One cannot be a man of letters, as we say, without coming to a recognition of
their look, as well as their sound and their various notations. Note, for example, that in the title, Lines About Hills Above Lakes, each word contains five letters, and that their initials make another five-letter word, LAHAL, of which I am very fond. Poets are happy with such simple pleasures found in the language's substance..."

more at Ron's

Don Akenson on St Patrick

"Converting the Irish was not a difficult business, Padraig soon realized, as long as one made it through the first three minutes, and he always did, God be praised. Padraig, steadfast soldier that he was, nevertheless swithered through the first sixty breaths in the presence of any king or aristocrat whom he had not previously encountered. Those were the moments when the Celtic warrior aspect of the Irish personality was dominant and that is a very binary sort of mind. Either the eminence in question practices his backhand and sends ones head rolling, to the great amusement of his retainers, or he turns into an overbearing host, laying on the crackling pig and homebrew in military quantities and spends the next seventy-two hours exchanging stories of heroes and gods. That's when you hook him..."

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Paper Joy

"He envisioned the print volumes living on as a niche, luxury item, with high-quality paper and glossy photographs — similar to the way some audiophiles still swear by vinyl LPs and turntables. “What you need people to understand,” he said, “is that it is a luxury experience. You want to be able to produce a lot of joy, a paper joy...”