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Monthly Archive for February, 2009

Australian Peter Bishop— writer, scholar, traveler and jazz buff—is a fascinating guy. Currently an Associate Professor in Communication & Cultural Studies at the University of South Australia (UniSA) in Adelaide, Peter is also the author of Bridge (Reaktion Books). Don’t be swayed by the plain title, lacking even the article of Hart Crane gave us; […]

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Happy Mashramani to all our readers! Catching up on news from Guyana, I was surprised to learn Florida’s Auto-Tune hook king T-Pain canceled a Mash concert there, citing security reasons; Maxi Priest of London, England and Beenie Man of Kingston, Jamaica will perform instead. While I have mixed feelings about the music of all these […]

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As we settle into the realities of President Obama— the hopes sustained (a partially decent housing plan) and disappointments alike (the appointment of the venal Aldolfo Carrión Jr. as Urban Affairs Director)— it’s a good time to remember the nation of Guyana and their seemingly endless civil travails. Haven’t thought about Guyana since your last […]

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Soon after writing yesterday’s preview of Unplugging Philco by Jim Knipfel, I was reminded of something but couldn’t recall quite what. A movie like Modern Times perhaps? A comedian, maybe Lenny Bruce, performing “The Palladium”? A song, most likely “Wine Head Woman” by Woodrow Adams with the Boogie Blues Blasters, which Mr. Memory from The […]

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In anticipation of the April release of Jim Knipfel‘s latest novel, the terrific dystopic comedy Unplugging Philco (Simon & Schuster), I’m delighted, again, to direct readers to WWIB’s first interview with Jim. A second conversation with the author is forthcoming closer to the publication date, although there’s still  quite a controversy over whether the octogenarian […]

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There’s a new Israeli in town! Her name is Meital Dohan and with John Ventimiglia, she’s co-starring in the second American production of Scottish playwright Anthony Neilson’s Stitching, opening February 26 at the Lillian Theater in Los Angeles, California. As I encourgaed New Yorkers to do last Spring,  I hope our new found Angeleno friends […]

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Californian Kim Cooper is many things to many people: writer, editor, Scram magazine tyro, historian, catalyst and the conjunction of so many hep underground cultural currents, I can’t name half of them without wanting to cannonball into the La Brea Tar Pits. Were I able to list them them all, I’d jump into The Wedge […]

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If someone says to me “You wanna work a good room?” Yes, there are good rooms: the editorial room at DallasPenn.com, Combat Jack’s Today’s Mathematics, Kevin Walsh’s Forgotten New York, Justine Carroll’s Greenpointers (blowing minds at Oasis Roller World in Ridgewood)— those are good rooms, but certainly not the Copa over this, or this, or […]

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Sam Phillips wasn’t looking for Elvis Presley when the young singer started visiting the Memphis Recording Service in 1953 but he was smart enough to keep his ears open and  by July of the following year— when Sun Records released “That’s All Right Mama”— the course of American history was set to change. I’m not […]

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 “BILL BAILEY” WAS BARRED With “Annie Moore” He Was Placed Under Ban at Bushwick Club Big Vaudeville Show Former Judge Samuel D. Morris was a specially invited guest at the Bushwick Club, corner of Bushwick Avenue and Hart street last night, the occasion being a vaudeville performance given to the women friends and relatives of […]

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