A short piece of music I wrote inspired by Gao Panlong’s “A Syllabus for Living in the Mountains,” translated by Bin Song and edited Paul Blair. I tried to capture a little of Panlong’s simplicity, cheerfulness, and “normal-and-ordinary” spirit.
Month: April 2018
The Megafire Burning in Oklahoma A fire so big, it has a name. Rhea. Paying My Respects to Pap Thomas While Grant’s funeral was one of the largest events ever in New York, Thomas’s was a much different affair. Not a single one of Thomas’s blood relatives attended, bitter over […]
Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stone Interview: Success Doesn’t Suck He is bugged that people think of him more as an icon than a songwriter… He’d be really bugged now. “I’m really thankful, and every month I come to more optimistic conclusions.” What an odd thing to say. Every month? Who […]
Pittsburgh Books and Authors to Add to Your Must-Read List (The Incline) Engineer Who Lived Modestly Donates $37 Million To Pittsburgh Foundation (Sunny Skyz) Buddha & Hume (Existential Comics)
Ta-Nehisi Coates recently shared Five Books to Make You Less Stupid About the Civil War. It’s a pretty good list. Here’s mine, for whatever it’s worth. Battle Cry of Freedom, by James McPherson. This was Coates’ first suggestion, too, and for good reason. If you’re looking for a single volume that encapsulates […]