Igor Stravinsky, 1937. Photo by the Library of Congress. The premier of Igor Stravinski’s Rite of Spring, which ended in a full scale riot, took place 100 years ago today. On May 29, 1913, a new ballet, composed by a 30-year old Russian who considered himself to be the “inventor of music” premiered at the […]
All things come from water. First, some epistemological questions! It’s natural to assume that you know everything, and that your knowledge is secure because, well, you just know it. But consider: Is it possible to have knowledge at all? Can our reason provide us with knowledge of things that we cannot experience? Does our knowledge present […]
The Perfect Vessels’ new EP, Habitual Long Distance Lovers, is now available for free download. I’m excited to share this new EP with you, just released by Unclaimed Records today. We are proud of the way it came out, and we think you will enjoy it. Listen to it in the player below, or […]
Here’s a poem I wrote about the Memphis Grizzlies during last night’s game, when they beat the Oklahoma City Thunder last night to advance to the Western Conference Finals. Game Five I am watching game five, between Oklahoma City and Memphis, And thinking about poetry. And imagining Zach Randolph as one of Odysseus’s men, glowering […]
I knew there was something I wanted to tell you… I’ve never done a post quite like this one, where I just check off a list of some things that I wanted to write about. But now that I’m done with it, I feel much better. 1. The Return of the Cicadas There have been […]
Here’s what I read in April. 1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Thanks to my wife for providing awesome stickers. Jane Eyre is a long, romantic 19th-century novel written by a woman. In other words, Jane Eyre is a book that I have never read. However, now that I am a teacher of AP literature, […]
It was ten years ago today that I saw Alex Chilton play a rowdy show at Earnestine and Hazels in downtown Memphis. Here’s a post I wrote about it back in in 2010.