I’ve got a new "Think Again" column about the election called "The ‘Tea’ Swallows the Party" here.
My Nation column is called "Ain’t That America…" and it’s here.
And I did a Daily Beast post last night on the passage of the Senate’s FinReg bill here.
I went to the Apollo last night for the annual “A Great Night in Harlem” gala of the Jazz Foundation of America. To be perfectly honest, I can’t really review the evening’s performance because they were just getting started when I had to leave to do that Beast FinReg piece above. It was already about ten and Roberta Flack (introduced by David Johansen) was just coming on. Jesseye Norman sang a tiny bit, as did a few people I never heard of. I saw the Nighthawks with a few guests, but the rest of what I missed, you’ll have to read about here. The reason I’m bothering to write this though, was that as impatient as I may have been sitting in my seat for so long and just hearing speeches about apparently wonderful people, they really are, um, wonderful people. Read about what they do here and then do us all a favor and give them some money. I love Wynton but he can’t get all the money people give to support Jazz. If I didn’t have to make a living, this is the kind of cause to which I would want to devote all my time. What’s a better cause then sending old jazz people to schools to teach young kids? What’s more heartwarming than seeing it happen? And the health and hsopitalization stuff, and the feeding old peoples’ cats, and taking people to the hospital, it makes you tear up, even at the length we heard about it last night. The donation page is here.
Alter-recommendation: If you love newspapers and novels, then you will have no choice but to love The Imperfectionists. Now look who’s (finally) back. (I hope the technical problems have been worked out…)
CHARLES PIERCE NEWTON MA.
"When the wagons leave the city/for the forest and further on/Painted wagons of the morning, dusty roads where they have gone."
Weekly WWOZ Pick To Click: "Crying" (The Versatiles) — The world would be a lot better if everyone loved New Orleans as much as I do.
Part The First:
Whew. Bad week for Parson Meacham on several "platforms," as the kids say. I am profoundly glad that Jonathan Alter has taken to the parapets in the Parson’s defense. It’s not fair to leave Sally Quinn to fight such a lonely battle.