Saturday, September 28, 2019

Live at the Scene

After intense writing, I like to relax, read some African-American Urban Fiction. You know what that’s all about. Usually the authors have me laughing out loud at the truth of their creative English, what Fred Moten and Stefano Harney call “eloquent vulgarities” and “mutant grammar.”

My Besties: The Come Up by Asia Hill wasn’t as druggy and explicit and nasty as most, but still I enjoyed the tone. Here are some samples:

“Feel me? We rode hard in these streets.”

“He took care of me. He always made sure I had the best video games and the newest Jordans.”

“Something told me that she was a rotten bitch on the inside.”

I laughed out loud at the description of a young woman wearing an all-white outfit: “Tiki over here looking like a glass of whole milk and shit.”

Then a pivot to T.S. Eliot and his Four Quartets.

And then Art Pepper (“I see where I wanna go, it’s just trying to get there.”) kills it with this:

And where I left off is no longer there
And neither I nor there are the same as when we both were.

Thursday, September 12, 2019


Next Saturday the University of Notre Dame hosts the University of New Mexico in a football game. The Fighting Irish vs. the Lobos.

The left panel is Touchdown Jesus, on a chapel I believe at Notre Dame. The right panel is the Lobo logo of UNM in the 1960’s. The center panel is my father, bridging the two cultures.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Another Saturday Evening Post

I had to finish Splay Anthem before I could gain closure on the Immersion: literature, music, visuals, high consciousness. Immersion? Drenched. Including but not limited to the reviews of books: Los Angeles, New York, London, not to mention the Sunday Riverside Press-Enterprise.


Visual: Duras, Eisenberg, Ensor, Evergood, Frankenthaler (hers at the top).

Music: Lois Vierk, Don Cherry (Brown Rice), Count Basie, Fela Kuti, Tony Williams, Tan Dun

Lit: Tom Stoppard, Olson-Duncan, Barbara Guest, Harryette Mullen, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Alexander, Nathanial Mackey (Splay Anthem), Fred Moten, Kwame Dawes interviewed in Rattle #65, and some poets he published from Nigeria, Ghana, Zambia

Film: Charlie Chaplin (a scream!); Sheeler-Strand Manhatta.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Groove Merchant in Training

After a good writing day, in the mood for a piano concerto and Sergei Prokofiev’s #3 is one of my faves. Later Johannes Brahms same same his #1.

But then there was this Dizzy Gillespie:

Reading American:
William Faulkner.
Mark Twain.
Willa Cather.
The Groove Merchant: Jones-Lewis jazz orchestra: