Monthly Archives July 2011

Good Grief!

“What do you mean, Beethoven wasn’t so great?!” - Schroeder Summer has arrived and is putting on a beautiful show in our neck of the woods. While other areas of the country are weltering in sauna-like conditions, we’re enjoying sunny days warm enough to merit T-shirts, but cooled by the sea breeze. The skies are blue, “…pure blue skies, skies that travellers compare to those of Switzerland…”
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Two More Books

“It seems to me monstrous that anyone should believe that the jazz rhythm expresses America. Jazz rhythm expresses the primitive savage.” - Isadora Duncan OR: “Jazz is rhythm and meaning.” Henri Matisse It’s been a week of listening, which got me to reading. Here are two novels to add to the reading list: Coming Through Slaughter, Michael Ondaatje Twelve Bar Blues, Patrick Neate This is my third time reading
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A Moment of Grace

“What we play is life.” - Louis Armstrong Moments of being truly and deeply affected by something come along rarely, maybe once in a decade if we’re lucky enough to catch them. Such moments usually have to do with births and deaths, and they’re so loaded with white-hot emotions laid bare, untouchable, they leave us gasping for breath and wondering how did that happen, how did we survive it?
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Books

“Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read.” - Groucho Marx Everyone needs a good book (or ten, or twenty) to read during the summer. Here are a few suggestions, books I’ve recently read and enjoyed: Light Lifting, Alexander MacLeod The Reserve, Russell Banks Brooklyn, Colm Toibin The Assault, Harry Mulisch (not for the faint
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