Poet Charles Simic interviews his brother Milan in the New York Review of Books about attending avant-garde jazz shows up until 1965, particularly at the Alphabet City spot Slugs’. Milan’s favorite players at that time: Ornette Coleman and Jackie McLean, both of whom he befriended. He seems to have crossed paths with just about everyone who played modal or free jazz at that time and gives a great oral history of the scene.
Lately I’ve been digging poet Charles Simic’s blog posts over at The New York Review of Books. Perfect end-of-summer reading. You can peruse all of them here.
Tim Parks at The New York Review of Books likes e-books. Among his arguments: they’re good for the environment, they’re inexpensive and easily accessible, they ensure all books can remain in print forever, and they offer austere, direct engagement with the words. He’s not a big fan of covers. Or blurbs.