In our morning reading: musical recommendations from Cat Power, thoughts on Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah’s fiction, and more.
Jews Taking Bloomsday Back
As a Jew growing up in a predominantly Irish city, I always felt a little left out on St. Patrick’s Day. Not that marching in parades and vomiting green beer is my idea of a good time, but I’ve always been a bit jealous of their Irish and their ability to party. So it made me grin a bit when I read that Tablet was deciding to take one back for the Tribe and reclaim Bloomsday with a pretty stellar […]
Appreciation for Alicia Jo Rabins
In the last week, I’ve read two interesting interviews involving Alicia Jo Rabins, of the band Girls in Trouble. The most recent one, at Largehearted Boy, has Rabins in discussion with author Diana Spechler. Rabins and Spechler both discussing their Jewish backgrounds seems to be a nice compliment to the Magnet conversation between Rabins and lapsed Christian David Bazan conversation on faith and art.
Bites: Howard Zinn, Tobi Vail on George Pelecanos, Shakespeare’s Pad, Alicia Jo Rabins and David Bazan on Faith and Art, and More
Over at The Millions, Jesse Ball reviews a year of reading, and makes us want to go buy the book pictured above. Howard Zinn’s Voices of a People’s History (Seven Stories Press) “collects the works of outsiders, rebels, and disenfranchised Americans“. Over at the Bumpidee Reader, Tobi Vail reviews The Way Home, by George Pelecanos. “We are hoping to find organic debris that will teach us what the great man had for dinner.” Says Richard Kemp, of the Shakespeare Birthplace […]
Teach your children violin. They will be adorable, and will listen to Crass.
Alicia Jo Rabins (of Golem and Girls in Trouble) is over at the JDub blog, making me wish I would have continued playing the violin. She also says that growing up she was “pop-culture illiterate”, but yet she listened to Crass and Diamanda Galas. If you are spending your time listening to operatic goth and anarchist punk, who needs time for pop culture? Rabins new band, Girls in Trouble will be playing their record release party on November 11th as […]