Monday Odds and Ins

David Remnick has a poignant tribute to Clarence Clemons on the New Yorker’s site.  I may write a lot more about Bruce and Co. sometime soon.  Growing up in coastal N.C. in the 1970s and 80s, Springsteen, Dylan, and Bernard Malamud (Jim Farrell, my high school English teacher, had me read “The Natural” and “The Magic Barrel,” which for my money is one of the top 10 short story collections in American literary history) were three of the ones who pointed me toward New York, along with WOR-TV (we got that on our cable TV in 1979) and the Mets, and some family trips.  Clarence was an integral part of the Springsteen angle for me.

Anybody who finds their way to this site is probably aware of the recent furor related to the Undead and Winter Jazz festivals in NYC.  If not, you might find it interesting.  A good place to start is Ethan Iverson’s blog, which has pertinent links.  I also like Ethan’s defense of Prince at the end of this post.  In a town of 9000 people, half white – half black, Prince owned my high school in the mid-80s.  Today, I believe “Purple Rain” stands up better than “Thriller.”

A couple of plugs for important projects by friends:

HERE you can contribute to the terrific filmmaker Michael Almereyda’s new short, “The Ogre’s Feathers.”

HERE you can watch Dr. J. Todd Moye talk about his recent book on the Tuskegee Airmen on C-Span’s Book TV.  From 2000 to 2005, Dr. Moye led a small team of interviewers at the National Parks Service that interviewed 826 surviving Airmen across the country.  Percy Heath was an Airman, by the way.


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