In the museum I love, we stroll and consider paintings, sculptures, and a few random examples of what passes for art in this 21st century. Weary, we sit and gaze at Stroh’s serene, soothing Sunscape – palest oils smoothed in stunning simplicity, no trace of brush or canvas, a silk veil of softest paint encircled by slim silver wire. Glow and warmth are palpable. I should have brought my parasol.
TWO FACES OF BEAUTIFUL
In his Albuquerque studio on an easel near the north window rests Howard Wexler’s stunning portrait of artist Alice Seely regal posture elegant as a queen sleek black hair in chic chignon black velvet décolleté gown a cloud of maribou encircling the neck dangling onyx earrings antique ruby pendant at her throat aura of Arpège delicate suede sandals half-full Baccarat glass of claret wistful dark eyes gazing into distance mind in Prague, Nairobi, or New York “Beautiful woman,” Howard … Click to continue . . .
Known by most as the lead singer of Mott the Hoople, Ian Hunter was already a seasoned vet of 30 when he took the helm of that quintessential Glitter Rock band. I became a much bigger fan when he struck out on his own with his first solo effort in 1975, Ian Hunter, and continued to follow him through subsequent efforts — with All-American Alien Boy and You’re Never Alone with a Schizophrenic being favorites.
For me, Ian Hunter was like an English Dylan, one who didn’t try to hide his accent, his rawness, his earthiness. He wrote great songs, and had excellent Rock musicians backing him, especially Mick Ronson, David Sanborn, Jaco Pastorius and Queen. The sonic variety of his music impressed me always. Tough, hard-edged to sweet, rowdy to contemplative, raw to cooked and back again, his oeuvre is one of the best in the Rock world and is easily among the most overlooked and underrated.
The scars of being boxed, packaged and sold by corporate machines can last all too long, but if this video is any indication, Haley Reinhart has managed to overcome this in resounding ways. If her time with Postmodern Jukebox tells the tale, she’s not only overcome her stint on American Idol (2011), but used it the right way: to launch what appears to be a unique and promising musical career, while doing it her own way, independent of corporate pressures and cookie cutter mindsets.
To me, her performance of “Creep” is flawless, with its incredible dynamic range, mood shifts, infectious building toward crescendos, its soaring highs and lows. A jazz aficionado, Reinhart adds scat, growls in just the right places, merges beautifully with the backing band, and basically knocks it out of the park. She’s only 25.
George Spencer: god: a quarterback without a playbook ?>
god gets nervous when we get too close to him — rene leclerc. god and his ways
attention flutters, takes a walk. the narrative grinds on boards so marched over aging thespians throw lines away. cell phones buzz. messages zing round our heads. red onions eavesdrop and gossip underground. all’s so bland road-kill is news as a worm is cut in half by the gardener’s shovel but still they repeat beautiful the dew, lovely the garden.
there’s blood in my ear now and i’m happy to spin a song of small sins, of the deceit of love’s sticky ropes from which sad young wannbe icarus tried to escape, mounting the diving board over the empty swimming pool. we’ve seen it a thousand times and the motel isn’t responsible for unattended kids.
the other side’s worse chaos where god’s a quarterback without a playbook. a nihilist, solipsist, ironist, aslant his tongue overflowing with love for the eighth false prophetess of extended sunrises.
Surprisingly good, fresh, funny and touching, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl tells the story of high school kids, coming of age, learning not just about life, but about death, and how we still keep discovering new things about people after they’re gone. Even the most important things. We still keep learning about ourselves in the process, and that how we treated them while they were on this planet is everything — well, except for realizing this should apply to the not-dying too.
Young Greg Gaines, played by Thomas Mann, is a senior in a Pittsburgh high school, and he’s socially awkward, very hard on himself, and tries his best to navigate through all the baffling teenage factions without ever getting involved in any one of them. And perhaps because he’s decided to remain free from all attachments — except for his one friend, Earl (RJ Cyler) — he’s taken aback one day when his mother asks him to befriend Rachel, played by Olivia Cooke, … Click to continue . . .
This is sad news. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird and the controversial Go Set a Watchman died today, age 89.
There will no doubt be hundreds of articles about her life, work and times, appearing all across the web, and I won’t even try to add to that list. But I do want to express my thanks for her brilliant first novel, for the creation of several iconic characters, and for what she gave overall to the Republic of Letters.
Harper Lee, you will be missed.
For those of you who want to read a quick look at her life, with several links to other articles, this Guardian story is a good place to start.