Best Things of the Week 5/7/15

Best Things of the Week by Byron Spooner May 6, 2015   Best Thing I Saw All Week: Sons of Anarchy, Final Season: This looks at first glance like a  dystopian Biblical parable of some sort—son named Abel, town named Charming (Paradise?) overrun by heathens, protagonist as misunderstood peacemaker, the final scene a crucifixion—but those […]

Going into the City, reviewed by Byron Spooner

Going into the City: Portrait of a Critic as a Young Man, A Memoir by Robert Christgau Reviewed by Byron Spooner  Back in the days right after the extinction of the dinosaurs, when I was still new to New York City, it was a pretty frequent thing to spot Robert Christgau riding his crappy-looking bike […]

Best Things of the Week 4/27/15

  Best Things of the Week by Byron Spooner April 27, 2015   Best Thing I Saw All Week: SFJazz Poetry Festival curated by Ishmael Reed: We skipped Saturday’s San Jose poets out of a mix of snobbery and a simple need for a break in the four-nights-running affair, but the much-anticipated Sunday of San […]

Beatnik Shindig in June

This should be a fantastic event.  Friends will be sponsoring and providing space for events. BJS.  Read here. http://www.beatnikshindig.com/hoodline-beatnik-shindig-in-june-will-feature-poets-scholars-artists-more/

Best Things of the Week 4/20/15

Best Things of the Week   by Byron Spooner  April 20, 2015  Best Thing I Saw All Week: SFJazz Poetry Festival curated by   Ishmael Reed: On Thursday night’s Berkeley Poets, Robert Hass performed what a more religious man than I would call a small miracle at the top of the bill, delivering an ecstatic set of […]

Best Things of the Week

Best Things of the Week March 30, 2015   Best Thing I Saw All Week: David Vann in conversation with Tom Barbash (Part of Litquake’s Epicenter Series at Veracocha): Unfamiliar with Vann going into this, he proved quite fascinating, so I’m currently reading his Goat Mountain (more later). He included his email address in his […]

Harper Lee to publish second novel

Good news for lovers of To Kill A Mockingbird http://www.clarionledger.com/story/life/2015/02/03/second-harper-lee-novel/22792253/

He’s in a Picture of a Guitarist in the Forest, a poem by Peter Sherburn-Zimmer

He’s in a Picture of a Guitarist in the Forest 1. reading … through time   or the music  everywhere if it is not here. listen to the mountain:   …go back maybe.   2. signs scrapped from numbers   re-write what happened revisit from the past to the present ..before words for the numbers […]

Motherless Brooklyn Comes to the Big Screen

Jonathan Lethem is one of my favorite writers.  Motherless Brooklyn is a strange book that stays with you years after you think you’ve finished it and put it a back on the shelf. When someone tells me they loved Motherless Brooklyn I figure I’ve just met a new friend. Just in time for the Oscars, […]

A Love Affair with Used Bookstores

I’ve spent my life in used bookstores.  There are many worse things. http://bookriot.com/2014/02/11/used-bookstores-lifelong-love-affair/