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September 16, 2008

 

Jest Finite: David Foster Wallace, 1962-2008

David Foster Wallace, author of the novel Infinite Jest & numerous long essays that depicted the wide, strange breadth of modern life, has died at the age of 46

August 7, 2008

 

Play It in the Closet: the Return Farewell of J.D. Salinger

The last known installment of J.D. Salinger's Glass family saga.

August 3, 2008

 

Dick Twardzik Bio Lives!

Bouncin' With BartokRichard Twardzik, the rather haunted-looking pianist who was a mainstay of the Boston jazz scene in the early 1950s, recorded only once as a leader before dying at the age of 24 during a European tour with Chet Baker. His quirky, fluid style, influenced by Bud Powell and Art Tatum and sprinkled with touches of dissonance and classical music, has led some to compare him to fellow 1950s iconoclasts Thelonious Monk and Herbie Nichols. Now Bouncin’ With Bartok, a long-awaited study of pianist’s life and recordings written by Jack Chambers…

July 15, 2008

 

Golden Arms and Glasses: When Algren Met Holiday

Novelist Nelson Algren and singer Billie Holiday are two iconic figures of mid-20th-century American culture, though Holiday is surely better-known than Algren.

May 20, 2008

 

Eric Dolphy Bio Coming From Penguin Jazz Guide Co-Author

Brian Morton, co-author of numerous editions of the Penguin Guide to Jazz, will be publishing a biography of multi-instrumentalist Eric Dolphy in June 2009.

May 5, 2008

 

“Indiana Can Help Choose a President”: Robert Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary

RFK Boomhower book(Note: an extended audio file version includes an interview with Ray Boomhower and clips of Robert Kennedy speaking during the 1968 campaign)

“Indiana can help choose a president.” Those words, which may have a surprising relevance this year, were used by Senator Robert Kennedy to open speeches when he launched his campaign for the presidency in Indiana. In his new book, Robert Kennedy and the 1968 Indiana Primary, Ray Boomhower provides the inside stories of how the New York senator scored an unlikely victory in the heart of the Midwest.

March 4, 2008

 

Larry Kart: Jazz’s Intrepid Critical Searcher

Reflections on one of the music's leading critics.

November 17, 2007

 

Norman Mailer Advertisements For Myself

Advertisements for Norman Mailer On the Way Out

Reading Norman Mailer while at sea--literally and existentially.

October 30, 2007

 

Jazz Quotes: Lee Konitz

Lee KonitzThat’s my way of preparation–to not be prepared. And that takes a lot of preparation!–alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, from the new book Lee Konitz: Conversations on the Improviser’s Art. You can read an online excerpt here.

October 26, 2007

 

Raintree County dust jacket

The Riddle of Raintree County: How a Young Indiana Author Gave His Life for the Great American Novel

Ross Lockridge Jr.'s 1948 novel had just topped the bestseller charts when the author committed suicide.

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