This Old World

I’ve been on a big blues and bluegrass kick lately. Mostly I’ve been trying to fill in some of my ignorance of the these genres by listening to work from artists from the 20’s and 30’s. By chance, Blind Willie Johnson’s “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning” was the first song to come up this morning. […]

Lest We Forget: The Ludlow Massacre One Century Later

One hundred years ago, on the afternoon of April 20, 1914 William Snyder and his children made the mistake of climbing out of the pit they had dug under their tent in Ludlow Colorado. Outside, the Colorado National Guard and striking coal miners were engaged in a war that had raged since morning. For much […]

Interlude – Pynchon’s Trail

I wanted to briefly comment on Boris Kachka’s piece at Vulture on Pynchon and his new novel Bleeding Edge. Kachka’s work is, on the whole, nothing new. It’s not a bad piece, but pretty much any biographic piece on Pynchon falls into the same old trap: there’s no there there. Pynchon’s left such a meager […]