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“Strange Days Indeed” — John Lennon, Kathmandu, and Loud Mouth Lime

The other night I found John Lennon alive and well online singing “There’s a little yellow idol to the north of Kathmandu” from “Nobody Told Me,” a song brimming over…

In a New York Moment: Having It Both Ways on Samuel Beckett’s Other Birthday

Except for the lack of a parking spot on Charlie Parker Place, the transition from Princeton to Manhattan has never been smoother, turnpike to tunnel, uptown, crosstown to a bench…

The Fate of Gil Hodges and Other Strange Doings On the Field of Dreams

It was like playing in a ghost town. — Baltimore pitcher Zach Britton You’ve heard of the Ship without a Crew. Last Wednesday it was the Game without a Crowd, Camden…

Celebrating Ellington’s Birthday and Strayhorn’s Centenary: “They Could Read Each Other’s Minds”

Someone should write a blues for the lonely offline souls suddenly bereft of all access, thwarted by codes, passwords, various unknowns. One minute you have the lyrics to Billy Strayhorn’s…

Laurel Circle Loses a Very Very Very Fine Neighbor

Driving into Philadelphia Friday, we’ve got music on the stereo, as always. The day began with rain, it’s still overcast as we cross the Delaware on I-95, and the CD…

150 Years Later — The President, The Poet, and the Master

Writing in the immediate aftermath of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, which occurred 150 years ago Tuesday, Walt Whitman refers to the fallen president as “the greatest, best, most characteristic,…

On The Centenary — A Jazz Pilgrim’s Progress Leads to Billie Holiday

The other day a high school friend wrote to say that in the course of selling off his record collection he’d found an old Stan Kenton LP of mine and…

Poetry’s Month Begins With “Mad Men,” Wallace Stevens, and Tomas Tranströmer

One of my favorite moments in Mad Men, maybe my all time favorite, is when the craven Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) thinks he has the goods on Don Draper (Jon…

Looking for Flannery O’Connor on Her 90th Birthday — “The Dreary Chair She Sat in Glowed.”

I have a large tumor and if they don’t make haste and get rid of it, they will have to remove me and leave it. —Flannery O’Connor (1925-1964) The characteristic…

A Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale Discovery Illuminates the Literary Year

All in all the most useful volume I ever found at the Bryn Mawr-Wellesley Book Sale, which begins with a $25 preview Friday, March 20, at 10 a.m., is “a…

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