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Pulitzer prize recipient James Merrill linked to Merrill Lynch investment firm through father and poetry

He memorialized the Weather Underground bombing in his poem “18 West 11th Street,” the address of his birth

The Puzzle Is No Puzzle A card table in the library stands ready To receive the puzzle which keeps never coming. Daylight shines in or lamplight down Upon the tense oasis of green felt. Full ...

Bowlegged: Bobby Brown, BB King, and Bar B Que

The wall menu is almost as long as the room

“Come on out!” Kenneth’s sitting with Marco under the canopy. It’s been raining, but things are drying out. I’ve just ordered my ribs at the main counter. If you keep on walking, you can come ...

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society and Gabriel struggle against Nazi reductionism

A story about WWII: the good, the bad, and the weak

Over the last several weeks I’ve read a novel, watched a film, and attended a play all set in WWII — specifically, the Nazi occupation of Guernsey and Normandy. Given that Schindler’s List and Life ...

The Wedding Guest: Michael Winterbottom’s suspense-packed film noir

Spoiler alert: crime does pay.

Standing on tiptoes, the devil on my shoulder took to jabbing a pitchfork in my ear. “Wanna have a little fun?” he chortled. “Try selling your readers — both of them — on The Wedding ...

Aerosmithian rock balladry

Deaf Havana, Jamila Woods, Aly & AJ, Smashing Pumpkins

It sometimes seems as if British alt-rockers Deaf Havana are embarrassed by the top-five chart success of their biggest release, 2017’s All These Countless Nights. Formed in 2005, their fifth album from last year, Rituals, ...

Levi Dean & The Americats: now Free and Untethered

“When we wouldn’t comply we were kicked off stage and asked to leave with no pay”

Levi Dean, born in Virginia, late of the Rocky Mountains, late of Nashville, lately seen around University Heights, Normal Heights, and North Park, has had good and bad shows all over the country. “One of ...

Immigration through Migration: Pat Metheny drummer and composer of Birdman soundtrack Antonio Sanchez releases new album

Grammy Award winner is “completely repulsed by what the United States is doing to immigrants”

The cover photo of drummer Antonio Sanchez’s new CD Lines In The Sand, which dropped in January, should be familiar to most San Diegans. It depicts the U.S. border wall at Imperial Beach as it ...

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