Sunday, February 28, 2010

Sunday Morning: Coffee, Blogs, and Remembering Lucille Clifton

The Sunday review, with milk-lashed coffee.

In the air and in my ear: Maria Schneider Orchestra, then Hiromi Uehara... followed by Macy Gray, and now the North Mississippi Allstars...

David Brin worries that the search for extraterrestial life might be the equivalent of yelling "yoo hoo" in a dark forest, thereby drawing in the predators... click here for more.

Mark Anthony Neal interviews Sofia Quintero (aka Black Artemis, co-founder of Chica Luna Productions)-- click here.

Jai Arjun Singh provides good insight into Syed Muhammad Ashraf's The Beast, a 1997 novella recently translated into English by Musharraf Ali Farooqi. Click here, and go to Singh's Feb. 17 posting.

Finally, the lobster and the canary bow their heads (but lift up their hearts!) in memory of the poet Lucille Clifton, who died February 13th in Baltimore, aged 73. We will miss her voice, so direct, so compassionate, able to draw down and expose meaning in the most humble and daily of details.

Elizabeth Alexander's salute to Clifton (in The New Yorker online, Feb. 17th) is particularly fine: click here.

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