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Category Archive for 'Southern Thing'

“Oh I like surprises.” “Mojo,” repeated the man, going into his briefcase, his face flushing, swelling as he leaned over to fish something. “Oswald Mojo.” Gnossos shaking his head, not recognizing the name, turning back to the wall, always cover your flanks. Leave the flanks exposed, they’ll tear right up the middle, nail you with […]

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Writing about photography has never been easy, a fact attested to by the dread most of us feel when we encounter so-called photography critics. There have been some exceptions: Beaumont Newhall and John Szarkowski are rightly lauded, Jonathan Williams was among our most sly essayists in addition to his other talents (poet, publisher and photographer) […]

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Caz Dolowicz notes: The following post originally ran on June 21, 2007 but since there’s some noise about the 20th Anniversary of Do The Right Thing coming up— including a Long Island University panel appearance by our man Dallas Penn (see below for details)—I figured this is a good time to bring that beat back. […]

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Keynote address by Caz Dolowicz You lack the minerals & vitamins, irons & the niacin Fuck who that I offend— bloggers sit back, I’m about to begin About foul talk you squawk, never even walked the walk More or less destined to get tested, never been arrested My posting will manifest many things that I […]

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One of my favorite jazz books is Sidney Bechet’s Treat It Gentle (1960). For those of ya’ll who don’t know, clarinetist and soprano sax player Bechet is one of the towering individualists of the first half of 20th century American music— check out his recordings with Louis Armstrong of Corona via Chicago and New Orleans […]

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This isn’t funny so try not to laugh: Flyers festoon the walls, lampposts, electrical boxes and kiosks of downtown Athens, GA, where the the pollen is also abundant. At first I thought this was a goof— wait, wait, Bandita was stolen?! But that’s because my Spanish is rusty and in fact, bandita is not a […]

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Dunedin Lanes, Florida Because of a minor but irksome arm injury sustained by Caz Dolowicz in a recent cosmic bowling accident, Caz is, by Cosmodemonic doctor’s orders, taking a few days off. During this involuntary furlough, I, Amber Tides, will be around if the old man just has to say something— ya’ll know how he […]

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Drinking near the Anclote River— watch out for the alligators! Drunk in Belleaire. Drunk in Clearwater and watching Cocoanuts again with Caz— why a no chicken? Drunk in Dunedin. Drunk at Eli’s BBQ and about to eat a pound of sausage. Drunk and fantasizing about Effie Richards. Drunk in Gulfport.  Drunk in the Civil War […]

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Amber Tides: Now, right over here— this is the residential section. Caz Dolowicz: Oh, people live there, eh? Amber: No, that’s the stockyard. Now, all along here, this is the river front. And all along the river— all along the river, those are all levies. Caz: That’s the Jewish neighborhood? Amber: Well, we’ll Passover that. […]

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Once Upon A Time On Dean Street: L.J. Davis and Jonathan Lethem will be appearing at 7 pm next Tuesday, March 31, at the Community Bookstore, 143 7th Avenue in celebration of L.J.’s beautifully republished 1971 novel, A Meaningful Life. All living “brownstoners”— old and new, owners and renters, black, white and “Spanish,” as we […]

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