Monthly Archives: June 2012

David Brooks on Springsteen

It makes you appreciate the tremendous power of particularity. If your identity is formed by hard boundaries, if you come from a specific place, if you embody a distinct musical tradition, if your concerns are expressed through a specific paracosm, … Continue reading

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Nodding nod to David Foster Wallace

Yesterday, to prep for my interview for Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission, oblique-like, I napped for two hours by the pool intermittently balancing David Foster Wallace “The Pale King” open-faced on my lap, a super-sized LARGE TYPE varietal, that … Continue reading

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Big ups for Lisa Brown’s ‘vagina’

This starts down low and ascends higher and higher until it climaxes with word 1964, the year I was pulled kicking and screaming and laughing and herniating from, I forget the rest. 2221 actually, like from the future. Continue reading

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Burden of truth

One of these days I will post an essay about the following texts (based on the “60 Minutes” coverage of item A): Greg Mortensen Four Cups of Tea Helena Norberg Hodge Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh Marlo Morgan Mutant Message … Continue reading

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‘Your music can change the world’: Rosemond Jolissaint pka T-Rosemond

I met Rosemond Jolissaint the performer known as T-Rosemond at Fete De La Musique in Palo Alto last Sunday. He happened to be scheduled at 456 University, in front of the historic and beloved former Varsity Theatre, a site upon … Continue reading

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Shiver me timbres: my Norah jones gives me goosebumps

Norah Jones did have a pirate song on her last cd, which I dutifully procured, not just to count how many Bay Area jazz stalwarts were still in her camp. So as I thought about this new cd, “little broken … Continue reading

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I.C.O.B.O.P.A declared for Wednesday, June 20 (solstice)

Earthwise Productions 18th Anniversary show and Plastic Alto blog present I.C.O.B.O.P.A, the International Congress of Buskers of Palo Alto, “eye see oh be oh pea, hey!”, Wednesday, June 20, 2012 in Palo Alto, California. Street musicians from all over will … Continue reading

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