It’s been 7 hours and 13 days

You know I wrote this while I was looking in the mirror, right? | Prince plays “Cream” (and other jams) unplugged

“All art constantly aspires towards Alice Coltrane’s fingertips”

RIP Merle Haggard

RIP Merle Haggard, 1937-2016. One of the realest.

The Hatred of Music / The Hatred of Poetry

The Hatred of Music The Hatred of Poetry

The Hatred of Music by Pascal Quignard, translated by Matthew Amos and Fredrik Rönnbäck, Yale Margellos World Republic of Letters (Yale University Press). Published March 2016.

The Hatred of Poetry by Ben Lerner, FSG. Out June 7, 2016. Read an excerpt in the April 2016 issue of Poetry magazine (not yet online, but will eventually be here).

Fillmore Jivish (Pavement)


Sometimes you get so lonely

Waywords and Meansigns: Recreating Finnegans Wake [in its whole wholume], Wholume 2

Robert Berry copy
Image by Robert Berry

Last year, I talked to Derek Pyle about his production Waywords and Meansigns, a collaborative music project that recreates James Joyce’s Finnegans Wake in a range of musical genres by all kinds of musicians. In our interview, he revealed that there would be a second volume adaptation of the Wake this winter:

Biblioklept: When do you anticipate the completed project being released?

DP: So we’re actually doing two separate editions of Waywords and Meansigns; both will be unabridged, all 17 chapters. When we first put out the call for musicians, there were so many folks we didn’t want to turn away. So the first edition will debut very soon — 4 May 2015. Then the second edition will debut sometime during the coming winter, with a whole new cast of musicians.

And so well that coming winter is here now—on JJ’s birthday. So Here Comes Everybody! Check it out.

“Hotel Blue” (Live) — Jim O’Rourke

“Yonder Blue” — Tortoise

“When Thy Song Flows Through Me” — Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy


Nile Rodgers talks about the riff for David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance”

Sound and Vision


“All art constantly aspires towards the condition of music”