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Three Things I Learned Watching Joe Lovano’s Us Five at Scullers on 9.13.12

Us Five, a jazz ensemble led by reedman Joe Lovano and featuring James Weidman on piano, Esperanza Spalding on bass, and drummers Otis Brown III and Francisco Mela, opened their two night stand at Scullers last night. I saw the group … Continue reading

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Good Enough Is Good Enough, OK?

I heard someone today say, “Nowadays, good enough just isn’t good enough.” I disagree. Good enough, by definition, is good enough. If it weren’t good enough, then it wouldn’t be. But behind the statement is a more general cultural consensus … Continue reading

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Taking Refuge in Gravity’s Rainbow

“Um über die nachträgliche Abspannung der Nerven hinwegzukommen habe ich leider wieder zum Chloroform meine Zuflucht genommen. Die Wirkung war furchtbar.” – Georg Trakl, 1905 I’ve begun to re-immerse myself in the intricate and densely overwrought sprawl of Pynchon’s masterwork. … Continue reading

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Odd Future in a World that Allows Rape

“In 12 years, there have been 6 million dead men and women in Congo and 1.4 million people displaced. Hundreds and thousands of women and girls have been raped and tortured. Babies as young as 6 months, women as old … Continue reading

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A List of Science Fiction Books for Phil Johnson

Phil Johnson has an ad agency (PJA) and also likes to read books. One day I asked him if he ever read science fiction and he said he didn’t. He asked me then to assemble a list of science fiction … Continue reading

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Rush at the Garden: Why couldn’t they have been more like Liberace?

I went to see Rush at the Garden last night. It was good, but it wasn’t sublime. Here’s the thing. I’ve liked Rush since I was a kid and in fact still listen to their music with an, for some, … Continue reading

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Taylor Swift and Jacques Lacan

“Can’t you see that I’m the one who understands you?” When my oldest son was 3 or maybe 4, he picked up a copy of Jacques Lacan’s Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis, opened it and, looking intently at the pages … Continue reading

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In Case You Missed These Tweets

I spend more time tending my Twitter garden than I do planting bulbs here in my own backyard. To remedy this, I’m attempting a little cross-pollination and invite you, dear reader, to drink deep from my Twitter well. Just look … Continue reading

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Pat Martino and Tony Monaco at Scullers, May 2010

Caught Pat Martino’s first set at Scullers last night. He was playing with organist Tony Monaco and drummer Jason Brown and confirmed note-by-sinewy-note  his well-deserved status as a living master still very much in possession of his prodigious gifts. Martino’s … Continue reading

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Three Paths to Social Media $ucce$$!!!

The way I see it, there are three paths to social media success. 1. Invent a Popular Social Media Platform Marshall McLuhan once said something like, “Media owners don’t care what’s on TV, as long as everyone is watching.” To … Continue reading

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