January 2021

A bit of a grab-bag of things I read, and found interesting, over the last month: Unearthing The Truth, in The Economist, is about recent discoveries in Great Zimbabwe, a medieval state after which the modern country is named. It was a major regional power and the center of a complex trading network; it is …

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2017 recommendations

January 29, 2017: What’s Your Evidence?

January 29, 2017: What’s Your Evidence? Of the books I read in 2016, a favorite was Rachel Cusk’s Outline. So I was excited to hear that her newest novel, Transit, was a sequel to that book. Both follow the narrator, Faye, through a series of more or less ordinary days taking place around major life …

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2016 recommendations

Recommendations for February 20, 2016

Playlist: “Dissecting” by CFCF “Urchin” by Arca “Now is Not the Time” by Babe Rainbow “4101” by Roly Porter “Battery” by Fatima Al Qadiri I didn’t post a lot of music here last year. That wasn’t a deliberate decision, just how things worked out; 2015, in fact, was not a big year in music for …

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2015 recommendations

Recommendations for August 23, 2015

Song: “KYBM” by Tunde Olaniran A producer/rapper/singer from Flint, Michigan, of all places, Tunde Olaniran is pulling together all kinds of different sounds on his debut album, which is one of the most interesting things I’ve heard this year. This track is fairly representative, to the extent that any one song could be.   Article: …

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Recommendations for February 15, 2015

I imagine everyone has had a morning or a day “get away” from them; looked up at the clock to realize that much more time has passed than they thought, with little if anything to show for it. Is is possible to have an entire year get away from you? Because that’s how I feel …

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2013 recommendations

Recommendations for July 12, 2013

I took last week off for the July 4th holiday weekend, but this week we are back to normal (so to speak).   Video: Gary Hecker – Veteran Foley Artist SoundWorks Collection: Gary Hecker – Veteran Foley Artist from Michael Coleman on Vimeo. Foley artists make the sound effects for movies and television. This video …

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