The Life You Give: Edgard Varèse *1883

Edgard Varèse, born Edgar Varèse on Dec. 22, 1883, in Paris, France, was a composer and innovator in 20th-century techniques of sound production.Varèse spent his boyhood in Paris, Burgundy, and Turin, Italy. After composing without formal instruction as a youth, he later studied under Vincent d’Indy, Albert Roussel, and Charles Widor and was strongly encouraged… Continue reading The Life You Give: Edgard Varèse *1883

Green Walnut — with San Giovanni, Saint-Jean, and Sant Joan, it is Nocino, Vin de Noix, and Ratafia — in New York it is my way

In New York, New York, just like in Italy, Spain, and France, the twenty-forth of June is upon us. It is the time of the year in which humans interject nature, as they often do. Throughout the history of mankind, we have been observing our environment, and, in various instances — instead of taking the… Continue reading Green Walnut — with San Giovanni, Saint-Jean, and Sant Joan, it is Nocino, Vin de Noix, and Ratafia — in New York it is my way

The Life You Give: Carl Linnaeus *1707

Carolus Linnaeus, born on May 23, 1707, in Råshult, Småland, Sweden, is the naturalist and explorer who was the first to frame principles for defining natural genera and species of organisms and to create a uniform system for naming them (binomial nomenclature).Linnaeus was the son of a curate and grew up in Småland, a poor… Continue reading The Life You Give: Carl Linnaeus *1707

Twentieth Century Vienna Fruits

In the wake of such influential studies as Allan Janik and Stephen Toulmin's Wittgenstein's Vienna (1973) and Carl Schorske's Fin-de-siècle Vienna: Politics and Culture (1979), scholars from diverse fields have come to recognize that in the years from about 1890 to 1918 the imperial city of Vienna comprised a unique historico-cultural nexus. The fact that… Continue reading Twentieth Century Vienna Fruits

The Life You Give: Maya Angelou *1928

Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Annie Johnson, on April 4, 1928, in St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A., is the poet, memoirist, and actress whose several volumes of autobiography explore the themes of economic, racial, and sexual oppression.Although born in St. Louis, Angelou spent much of her childhood in the care of her paternal grandmother in rural Stamps,… Continue reading The Life You Give: Maya Angelou *1928

The Life You Give — Aretha Franklin *March 25 1942

Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin, born Aretha Louise Franklin, on March 25 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A., is the singer who defined the golden age of soul music of the 1960s.Franklin’s mother, Barbara, was a gospel singer and pianist. Her father, C.L. Franklin, presided over the New Bethel Baptist Church of Detroit, Michigan, and was a minister of… Continue reading The Life You Give — Aretha Franklin *March 25 1942

The Virtuous Black II — Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder is a beloved American icon and an indisputable genius not only with R&B but popular music in general. Blind virtually since birth, Wonder's heightened awareness of sound helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and ambition. Nearly everything he recorded bore the stamp of his sunny, joyous positivity; even when he… Continue reading The Virtuous Black II — Stevie Wonder

Wiener Schmäh, the mindset

Once more, this morning I sensed that impulse in the mindset of freezing frames, commonly known as photographing. Simultaneously, I was overwhelmed by the thought of delighting in the air of the city of Vienna. Not precisely to relive what the Viennese take pleasure in with their palate but rather to set myself in their… Continue reading Wiener Schmäh, the mindset

The Life You Give: Trisha Brown *1936

Happy Birthday, Trisha Brown! Born November 25, 1936, Aberdeen, Washington, U.S.A, dancer and choreographer whose avant-garde and postmodernist work explores and experiments in pure movement, with and without the accompaniments of music and traditional theatrical space. Brown studied modern dance at Mills College in Oakland, California (B.A., 1958). Her style began developing after she met… Continue reading The Life You Give: Trisha Brown *1936

¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Compay Segundo! 1907

Come and listen to Compay Segundo — November 18 at 7pm EST, as we celebrate him and his music at The Aristipposian Poet, on Clubhouse. Compay Segundo was born as Máximo Francisco Repilado Muñoz Telles on November 18, 1907, in Siboney, Cuba. He was a reputed Trova guitarist, singer, and composer of Cuba. When the… Continue reading ¡Feliz Cumpleaños, Compay Segundo! 1907