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From Province to Province: Alan Lomax and the Folk Music of Old

I had heard of Lomax before—he was a stranger whose face I recognized only upon inspection—but I re-encountered him after searching for prison work songs and finding one holler he recorded called “Rosie.” This, in turn, led me to the massive online archive documenting Lomax’s career from 1946 into the 1990s. It would be easier to describe what the archive lacks rather than what it contains, for there are thousands of audio and photograph files, dozens of videos, radio programs, lectures, and more. In the months spent exploring the archive, I managed to comb but a fraction. Continue reading

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The Impotent Decoration: An Interview with P. Adams Sitney

The Nassau Literary Review talks with P. Adams Sitney, historian and critic of avant-garde film, about leaving Princeton University and the collapse of visual arts in America. Continue reading

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Fighting Words

I felt like I should’ve pointed out that my grandfather was Belgian and that the driver was Yemenite, reminded him that none of his ancestors suffered in the Holocaust and that I didn’t even know enough about Yemenite Jewry to know what memories of suffering he lugged around. I nodded and stepped on the bus. I guess adopted brothers are just as good as any other kind. He drove off into the windy curves of the West Bank, rolling hills kissing star-crowded skies like something out of a C.S. Lewis novel. Like something too good to be true. Continue reading

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