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10 Things the French Do Better


I often get accused of being a bit of a francophobe because I yearn for things american while living in Paris for so long (18 years!), but there are things that I do appreciate here. Recently, on the French edition … 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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More Musing on Miles


I have been binging on Miles Davis for a few months now and have realised how ignorant I have been about his music. Back in my 20s, I just grabbed a couple of CDs I had heard about – Kind … 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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Music: My discovery of instrumental metal – Animals as Leaders and Intervals


Thanks to a tiny little post by Metal Wani on Facebook, I learned of the existence of a genre that is officially called prog metal but which I qualify as instrumental metal. The two bands I checked out were both … Continue reading

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Travel Tips: Georgia Aquarium – or – Damn, those are really whale sharks!?!


I visited a fascinating customer last week in Atlanta – not the one you know associated with news and cable, the other one – and had a morning off before heading to the airport. I had heard of the aquarium … Continue reading

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