NaNoWriMo???

In which I take a month’s inventory November is National Novel Writing Month, as the US-based organization attempting to bully us into drafting 50,000 words would have us believe. I’ll mention it in passing to non-Americans who look at me as if I’ve just thrown in a dialect word, and, in a way, I have.Continue reading “NaNoWriMo???”

Get back, JoJo!

In which I dig a pony (and a lot of other things) On Saturday, from mid-afternoon to midnight, a friend and I marathoned Peter Jackson’s new three-part documentary The Beatles Get Back. This is supposedly (and I do suppose) the entirety of the footage from which the original Let It Be film was culled. YouContinue reading “Get back, JoJo!”

So Long, Freddie

In which I prolong the goodbye Today marks thirty years since Freddie Mercury, or the former Farrokh Bulsara, left us for a world where everyone’s inner ear finally matches his. He had something like a four-octave range, he could play the piano upside down, and he rocked a fur coat better than he had anyContinue reading “So Long, Freddie”

Cecilia of Charlottenburg

Or, a wordy Pinterest board Last weekend I traveled from my neighborhood in the former East Berlin to visit a friend of mine in the western neighborhood of Charlottenburg. I take just about every chance I get to stroll through Charlottenburg because of how fancy I feel doing it. Seeing it at night this time,Continue reading “Cecilia of Charlottenburg”

Edie, Again

A costumed tribute Halloween weekend was a strange one this year, and I had to delay and transform some planned things. It turned out to suit the personality I evoked, who was always fashionably late. Today marks fifty years since we lost Edith Minturn Sedgwick. I didn’t foresee at the time I first explored herContinue reading “Edie, Again”

On Persona

Or, how much do we really know—and show—one another? In the latest installment of Unresearched Musings—yes I am accepting sponsors to keep the series running—I’m mulling over the performance of personality, both large-scale (celebrity) and small-scale (everyday ‘ordinary’ interaction). We are not consistent, immutable beings. Even armed with the list of attributes (voluntary and involuntary,Continue reading “On Persona”

On Taste & Its Influences

In which I shop genealogy Recently I got way too worked up (as usual) over music (as usual). Or, not so much the music itself as the reason behind its place in my life. I was wondering about the way I’d come to appreciate certain genres and artists and whether it would have worked outContinue reading “On Taste & Its Influences”

POD SOUNDS VOL. 2!

Hello all! I’m thrilled to announce the new season of Pod Sounds—complete with new artwork by @sarahnhixsonart! This time we’re covering Randy Newman’s 1977 album Little Criminals, on which my co-host Gil is the clear expert. First episode is up on all platforms. After the slight delay caused by unexpected events, it’s especially renewing andContinue reading “POD SOUNDS VOL. 2!”

Notes on Experimental Warehouse Music

In which I venture out alone in the dark The other night I attended a performance by an international chamber group in a warehouse, complete with light installation and spaced-out seating. One of those true Artsy Events you would expect to encounter in an Artsy City. And boy was I not let down. In fact,Continue reading “Notes on Experimental Warehouse Music”

On Writing (About Other People)

In which there will be hot takes Hi all. This week I wanted to do another post about the act of writing, since I haven’t done one in a while, and since I’ve written much nonfiction in the past couple years even beyond what I do here. Moving to Berlin marked a shift in theContinue reading “On Writing (About Other People)”