John Sayles’s New Novel: Jamie MacGillivray

Filmmaker, actor, and writer John Sayles captured my imagination ever since his first film, Return of the Secaucus 7. Soon, other great films followed: Brother From Another Planet, Matewan, Eight Men Out, Amigo, and so many others. But of course, John Sayles is not only a filmmaker, but also the author of short stories and novels including Union Dues, Amigo, and Yellow Earth. Now he’s come out with a new novel called Jamie Magillivray: The Renegade’s Journey. I was very happy to speak with John Sayles on the Arts Express radio program.

Click on the triangle or mp3 link above to listen to my interview with John Sayles as broadcast today on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the country.

Troubled Settlers

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Got to shake my head at the Education Department of the State of New York, even if this sign was just at a Thruway rest stop. You’ll probably want to enlarge this one in order to read it. We don’t recall such a use of the word “pacify” since the 1970s when the US military used to say that bombed Vietnamese villages had been “pacified.” And those “troubled” settlers, as if they were teenagers going through the throes of adolescence, “Gee, Officer Krupke!” And omitting that the mills and tanneries that “used timber and bark from the forests,” were enabled by enslaved people who dragged the timber from the mountains down to the scenic Hudson River. Ain’t nature wonderful!

Kingston, New York

Coriolanus: Class War

Imagine please: A working class uprising. The lower classes are starving. They demand the right to eat. They want access to the great stores of grain that have been won in the recent war, confiscated from the enemy, but withheld from the peasants. And so begins the most class-conscious play that Shakespeare ever wrote, called Coriolanus.

Click on the triangle above or mp3 link to hear our commentary on Coriolanus, as broadcast yesterday on the Arts Express radio program, heard on WBAI FM NYC and Pacifica affiliates across the nation

An Uninvited Guest

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This handsome guy is a Great Kiskadee which is the national bird of Costa Rica. You can’t miss it, because even if you can’t see it, you’ll hear it’s call, “KISS-KA-DEE.” It caused some havoc, though, one afternoon, when he flew into our hotel room via the terrace sliding glass door, and started flapping around our room! It got really worrisome when he saw himself in the wardrobe mirror and started attacking the mirror. Fortunately, we finally managed to get him to fly back out, and he seemed okay.

Manuel Antonio,

Costa Rica

Rita Payés: Nunca Vas A Comprender

Monday morning, a delightful family picnic, what a way to spend the day. And dig the trombone. It’s a family affair, with mother on the guitar. Every meal should be like this.

Elisabeth Roma: Guitar Rita Payés: Trombone, guitar and vocals; Horacio: Contrabass; Juan Berbín: Percussion.

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Art Ford’s Jazz Party

Monday morning, Art Ford introduces a great all-star band on his 1958 television program who play a Dixieland number, “I’ve Found a New Baby.”

The musicians are: Johnny Windhurst, trumpet; Tyree Glenn, trombone; Hank D’Amico, clarinet; Coleman Hawkins, tenor sax; Teddy Charles, vibraphone; Alec Templeton, piano; Mary Osborne, guitar; Doc Goldberg, acoustic double bass; Morey Feld, drums;

Thanks to YouTuber MisterStereo

The Invisible Pass Routine

The irrepressible Harry Lorayne doing what he does best–talking fast and making cards do magic. I don’t think you can catch what he’s doing even if you play this at slow motion.

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Connie Norgren: Recent Poems

Sycamore by Tom Keough

The wonderful Connie Norgen, reading some of her recent poems, as broadcast today on the Arts Express radio program on WBAI FM NY and Pacifica affiliates across the nation.

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Scarlet Macaw

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An unexpected visitor to our hotel. Both the males and the females have this same extraordinary plumage, and they live 40-50 years in the wild. They must like the way they look because they are monogamous!

Manuel Antonio,

Costa Rica