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Tuesday occurrences and thoughts

Tuesday 11/9/21

People use the word “fiction” to indicate a falsehood, but there is no worse word to use in this context. The factual is not fiction’s motor, but the best fiction contains the purest truths and reveals truths a human might not otherwise be able to access.

Wrote most of an essay on Sun Ra. I'll finish it early tomorrow. Will work on at least five works tomorrow. Pitched something on what I call "the Sam Morgan eight"--that would be the sides that the jazz pianist recorded in New Orleans in 1927, the finest, truest example of New Orleans jazz in its native environment, and one of the most important bodies of work--though few know about it--in all of jazz. I also have a Cecil Taylor pitch ready to go.

Here's tonight's Downtown interview. I talked about John Clare's "November," a Rathbone-Bruce Sherlock Holmes radio episode of "The Speckled Band," the Escape episode of "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," a live recording of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks--that is, the Band--in 1964, and Vasily Polenov's painting, The Patient. The Grateful Dead came up as well, and I thought the bit on the sadness felt when the time is over with characters was important and important to get on tape.

Eric Clapton’s guitar performance on the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and drummer Tony Williams’ playing on Miles Davis’s “Nefertiti,” makes those tracks tantamount to concertos for those respective instruments.

Being surprised with Alex Cora not being named a manager of the year finalist is to be unfamiliar with how anything/life/the course of events works. Wasn’t going to happen so soon after the cheating fiasco(s). There’s no mystery here.

Nothing surprises me anymore, but there was a time when it would have surprised me that so many people who orient their lives around following sports often have no clue that most of the major awards are for the regular season and have nothing to do with postseason play.

I think people actively try not to learn anything. They exert more effort in not learning and if they didn't try not to to learn they'd fall backwards into some knowledge or just come by some as they went about their lives. They'd acquire it accidentally. But people make a point to avoid learning anything.

I know it just restates the melody, but the guitar solo in the Beatles’ “Back in the U.S.S.R.” smokes.

Crazy basketball stat I came across recently in my perusal of numbers today: Dennis Rodman’s career single-game highs in points and rebounds are the same at 34.

Robert Parish's career single game high in points is 40. A little surprising. He's a favorite of mine.

Ran 3000 stairs today.

This is the Vincent Price Suspense version of "An Occurrence" that came up today during our talk.


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