Poems in Russian

I read some poems in Russian. Selected a few dozen that my father sent me during the plague.

  1. 00:00— “New Year’s Eve” by Boris Ryzhy
  2. 01:00— two poems by Boris Ryzhy
  3. 02:51 —”A Winter Night” by Boris Pasternak
  4. 04:00—untitled poem by Sergey Gandlevsky
  5. 07:30—several by Lidia Zaozerskaya
  6. 12:00—”Neznakomka” by Alexander Blok
  7. 15:00—”Mirror” by Arseniy Tarkovsky
  8. 17:57—”From a Poet” by Arseniy Tarkovsky

Take a look at the limited edition folder of typed-out Russian poems with notes in English, illustrations, and collaged covers.

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Don DeLillo’s Underworld

Four excerpts from Don DeLillo’s Underworld, which I reread during plague lockdown in 2020.

00:00—”Waste” (music by Charles Mingus)

06:00—”An American Sort of Thing” (music by Miles Davis)

10:50—”Quotidian” (music by Ornette Coleman)

17:25—”Denizens” (music by Endless Boogie)

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Old Style

Recorded readings (circa 2020) of rough drafts of chapters from my 2021 book, Old Style.

  • 00:52 —”Flyover” (music by the Dick Slessig Combo)
  • 08:30—”Don Lived Upstairs from the Blue Light (music by Mute Duo)
  • 11:34—”Dead Rae” (music by Arvo Part)
  • 19:57—”Can’t Recall” (music by Ran Blake)
  • 31:45—”Ask for Rose” (music by Thelonius Monk)
  • 41:07—”Innocent When You Dream”

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Frank Spidale

I talk to one of my oldest friends, Chicago painter Frank Spidale. We talk art, music, jobs, living in Chicago, and more. See Spidale’s work at his site and follow him on Instagram.

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