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Book Review: Reading Jazz edited by Robert Gottlieb (1999) – Worthwhile anthology of Jazz


After year’s of receiving their accusing stares from my bookshelf, I committed to myself that I would finish both Visions of Jazz by Gary Giddens and Reading Jazz. The latter is an anthology of Autobiography, Reporting, and Criticism from the major … Continue reading

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TV Series: The Leftovers S01 (2014) – Interesting and Involving despite a slow pace


The premise of a post-rapture suburban New York might seem a bit hokey, but the recent HBO show The Leftovers did a credible job of portraying it. Through its ten one-hour episodes, we see the way that people are driven … Continue reading

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TV Series: Gomorrah S01 (2014) – Great adaptation of the book and the movie


Roberto Savianno has got to be one of the bravest people on the planet. Having taken on the Camora (the Naples mob) in the book and movie of the same title (both of which are excellent) and having been assigned … Continue reading

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TV Series: Penny Dreadful S01 (2014) – Slowmo horror mashup


On a friend’s suggestion, I watched the 8 episodes of the Penny Dreadful series that aired this summer on Showtime. It was a mashup of sorts of various monsters from horror stories in Victorian London: Doctor Frankenstein, Count Dracula, and Dorian … Continue reading

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TV Series: Ken Burn’s Jazz (2001) – Beautiful documentary but based on flawed premises


I have been reading a LOT about jazz lately (see my articles on Monk, Miles, Giddens, etc). Through this reading, I bumped into the existence of the world’s record holding for sheer length (19+ hours) documentary by Ken Burns that … Continue reading

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The Leopard by Tomasi di Lampedusa – a true 20th C masterpiece both of literature and cinema


This summer I actually got some good reading done. I had been plagued with seeing The Leopard by Lampedusa in various bookstores in Italy, but did not really know what it was about aside from the reunification of Italy in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley – The Genius


Continuing in my reading about jazz, I just finished the masterpiece Thelonious Monk by Robin D. G. Kelley. It was an incredible read about a largely misunderstood genius. I have always enjoyed listening to Monk, but never exactly understood why. … Continue reading

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