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The Criterion Channel presently is streaming the 1981 Ron Mann documentary Imagine the Sound, probably the foremost film ever made on the free jazz scene. It features four greats–Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Paul Bley, and Art Dixon–and is a combination of performances and interviews. I could listen to Shepp talk about what he does, Coltrane, […]
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A slight bit of good news, as every nation has now passed the International Labour Organization’s Convention No. 182 on “The Worst Forms of Child Labor.” That’s great, but of course there needs to be enforcement and the ILO doesn’t have that capability. The fight is in creating mechanisms of enforcement and that very much […]
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Boiler room supervisor and man-about-Lynchburg-and-Miami-beach Jerry Falwell Jr. will be stepping aside to spend more time with his pool boy wife’s “assistant” family: Jerry Falwell Jr., an early and prominent supporter of President Trump, will take a leave of absence from leading Liberty University after posting a provocative photo to social media that drew widespread […]
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House Democrats passed a comprehensive relief bill in mid-May. Mitch McConnell responded to this with a two-month vacation, and still doesn’t have a response the legislature he controls can pass. Because of the failure of Republicans to seriously negotiate, talks on a relief bill are foundering: Last-ditch negotiations over a new coronavirus relief package failed […]
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