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Philip Roth — RIP

His most infamous book paid for the adventures of ensuing decades, but it remains the book most recognized by the general public, and why not? Released during the same period as Gore Vidal’s Myra Breckingridge and John Updike’s Couples, Philip … Continue reading

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Margot Kidder – RIP

Besides her adult, chain smoking, fully sexualized Lois Lane in the 1978 Superman and even better sequel Superman II – quite different from the male comic writer’s idea of a career woman – the late Margot Kidder gave a couple … Continue reading

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Barbara Bush — RIP

As readers know, I came of political age during the Poppy Bush years, and it was bizarre even then to watch handlers, insofar as the president gave a damn about them, try to turn them into Ron ‘n’ Nancy Part … Continue reading

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Cecil Taylor – RIP

As predictable a choice as it might look, Thelonious Monk’s “Bemsha Swing” toyed with by Cecil Taylor is the magnificent pianist’s epitaph. But I’m seeping in fourteen minutes of “Omli Parte 1” at the moment.

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Ursula K. Le Guin — RIP

Julie Phillips’ 2016 New Yorker profile of the late Ursula K. Le Guin noted how unseriously sci-fi writers — a female sci-fi writer in her case! — were taken in a literary scene dominated by male aspirants to the canon: … Continue reading

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David Cassidy — RIP

The variety show star as teen phenomenon, without the talent to make the leap into pop that reflected contemporary values until I remember that Terry Jacks and The Carpenters reflected the Nixon seventies as surely as CSNY and Alice Cooper. … Continue reading

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It couldn’t have been that easy to forget about me: Tom Petty’s legacy

The thing is, there was always a good Tom Petty song. Casual listening is easy these days. In the same way you’d satisfy your curiosity about an old friend by visiting her Facebook page, or how you’d say hello to … Continue reading

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Harry Dean Stanton — RIP

He had a face like a map: flat but riven with the topography of many lands, in his case states, for Harry Dean Stanton was as American as the interstate system. Paris, Texas made this clear. The 1984 Palme d’Or … Continue reading

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I’m curious to know exactly how you are: the best of Grant Hart’s Hüsker Dü material

I don’t have much else to say that I haven’t already. 1. The Girl Who Lives on Heaven Hill 2. Green Eyes 3. Diane 4. Books About UFOs 5. Turn on the News 6. Pink Turns to Blue 7. Never … Continue reading

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You’ll have light and you’ll never be cold: Grant Hart — RIP

What is it with men named Grant? Like the Australian with the surname McLennan, our Grant was a fount of melody. He could no sooner write a dull chorus than a deejay release a commercial track without a Justin Bieber … Continue reading

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Holger Czukay — RIP

A shame David Lynch didn’t use “Oh Yeah” to score scenes set in Twin Peaks’ in-between dimension where Killer Bob and The Man From Another Place glower and speak backwards. It was Holger Czukay’s fate to record music so far-out … Continue reading

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Ideas about thoughts: John Ashbery — RIP

Fuming, the late Butler Waugh blamed himself for asking his undergraduate writing composition students to bring favorite poems to class. Some brought song lyrics, which he could accept; others brought Hallmark verse, which he could not. “It’s probably too much … Continue reading

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