Reflections on one of the music's leading critics.
Writers responding to jazz and the musicians who make it.
Reading Norman Mailer while at sea--literally and existentially.
That’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.
Ross Lockridge Jr.'s 1948 novel had just topped the bestseller charts when the author committed suicide.
Papa of the Beats? A study of downtown Manhattan hip circa 1948.
Hot on the heels of Jack Kerouac’s entry into the Library of America comes news that the “scroll” version of his most famous book is going to be published. I actually got to see some of the scroll–which is 120 feet long–several years ago…