Music Video of the Week

January 14, 2013

David Bowie – Where Are We Now?

Top 10 Cities for Book Lovers

January 14, 2013

Top 10 Cities for Book Lovers

It’s no surprise that Portland holds the top spot but there are some unexpected, at least for me, cities noted.

Really interesting list. 




The Central Park Five

January 14, 2013

15 Jazz Albums To Look Out For In 2013

January 14, 2013

15 Jazz Albums To Look Out For In 2013

A new Wayne Shorter album is exciting news and always a major event.

I’m looking forward to the new volume in the Miles “bootleg series”. Also intrigued by the Matthew Shipp greatest hits release.

Rare Bob Dylan Outtakes Released in Europe

January 8, 2013

Rare Bob Dylan Outtakes Released in Europe

C.L.R. James and E.P. Thompson in Conversation

January 7, 2013

This is a truly priceless video of a long conversation between two great historians, C.L.R. James and E.P. Thompson.

Their meeting took place in the 1980’s hence their discussion of Reagan and Thatcher as well as a fascinating dialogue on the state of the international Left and peace movement.

Cartoon of the Day

January 7, 2013

Cartoon of the Day

New York Left Magazines On The Rise

January 6, 2013

New York Left Magazines On The Rise

This is meant to be a bleak time for young people and words, as an entire generation is assailed by “death of journalism” notices and financial catastrophe. Yet economic collapse can bring opportunities. When there are no jobs to be had at established magazines, and when the spectre of student debt makes further study impossible, you can either despair or you can, like a growing number of New York graduates, just set up your own thing.

Publishing is undergoing something genuinely exciting in New York, a new, post-digital dawn in which a web-literate and politically engaged generation is re-energising journalism with fierce-thinking in stylish print and online publications; it’s from them that we’ll take our next generation of household-name writers.

North Carolina governor pardons “Wilmington 10”

January 6, 2013

North Carolina governor pardons “Wilmington 10”

(CNN) — Forty years after they were convicted by a jury of firebombing a grocery store in Wilmington, North Carolina, civil rights activists who became known as the “Wilmington 10” were pardoned Monday by the state’s outgoing governor.

“These convictions were tainted by naked racism and represent an ugly stain on North Carolina’s criminal justice system that cannot be allowed to stand any longer,” said Gov. Beverly Purdue. “Justice demands that this stain finally be removed.”

Junot Díaz at Facing Race 2012 Conference

January 6, 2013