Sunday, November 15, 2020

Difficult miracle of Black poetry

The contract of love signs itself on the lips. (Le contrat de l'amour - Se signe sur les lèvres)

~Charles de Leusse

Snapshot: Satchmo plays for the troops in 1967

Louis Armstrong and the All Stars perform “When It’s Sleepy Time Down South,” “What a Wonderful World,” and “Hello, Dolly!” at Fort Hood in 1967. They are introduced by Dick Cavett: (This is the latest in a series of arts- and history-related videos that appear in this space each Monday,... Read more

Beloved Portland indie bookseller Powell’s Books is selling a unisex fragrance that smells like a bookstore.

This scent contains the lives of countless heroes and heroines. Apply to the pulse points when seeking sensory succor or a brush with immortality.

According to KOIN, the company noticed that customers missed the smell when they were closed during the pandemic lockdown in the spring.

Powell’s Books is releasing a limited edition unisex fragrance that captures what they said is what customers missed most about Powell’s — the aroma.

Store officials said they surveyed customers about what they missed while the store was temporarily closed by the pandemic. It’s not the books. It’s the smell.

The perfume comes packaged in something that looks like a book, like a hidden bottle of hooch or a gun.

If you can’t get your hands on Powell’s scent, you have other options. Demeter makes a fragrance called Paperback that’s available in a variety of formats (cologne, shower gel, diffuser oil) and Christopher Brosius offers a scent called In The Libraryin his shop. 

Jazz Trumpeter Irvin Mayfield Pleads Guilty To Fraud Charge

“Irvin Mayfield and Ronald Markham, a pair of musicians-turned-impresarios who had worked to put New Orleans’s jazz scene back on its feet after Hurricane Katrina, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to conspiracy to commit fraud, capping a precipitous fall from grace that now leaves them each facing up to five years in prison.” – The New York Times

The “first-person industrial complex.”Confessional writing — from Augustine to Jia Tolentino — turns desire into discourse. But why is it so  so dominant now  

“This is the difficult miracle of Black poetry in America: that we persist, published or not, and loved or unloved. We persist.”  ... miracle of writing  

In a new book of essays, Zadie Smith offers advice for getting through the pandemic: “Think, reflexively, of whoever  suffers 

Book publishing is a business, and a difficult one. One result of our hard times: a well-made bookis tougher to find ... hard to find  

The New Realities Of Live Music In Clubs

“It’s a new normal for these concerts, and yet another uncanny valley of the post-Covid world: a social experience where we can’t socialise; a show where dancing, hugging and head-banging are essentially illegal. Sweaty dance floors and beer queues are out, replaced by parlour-style seating and severely reduced capacities, often resulting in artists performing multiple shows a night. Dinner and a show has, against all odds, become the norm again.” – The Guardian

This clip of Leta Powell Drake interviewing 80s TV & movie stars like Tom Hanks, Telly Savalas, and Gene Hackman is incredible. She was obviously not intimidated by celebrity — leaning in closely to Hackman, she says: “You’ve done some brilliant pictures and you’ve done some stinkers.” And that’s not even her worst burn.

The clips were compiled from interviews that she did for the TV station KOLN/KGIN in Lincoln, NE when celebs would come through town to promote their latest thing. History Nebraska has a full archive of these interviews available on YouTube.

Here’s a video profile of Drake from 2014and a recent profile. She’s in the Nebraska Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame (alongside Johnny Carson, Tom Brokaw, and Dick Cavett), played a character called Kalamity Kate on TV for several years, and also won city championships in horseshoes, golf, and bowling.