"The First Bad Man" is not your normal romance, or your normal first novel for that matter. But then again, Miranda July is not your average first-time novelist. July's myriad successes range from filmmaking (her first feature film, "Me and You and Everyone We Know" won the Camera d'Or award at the Cannes Film Festival and a Special Jury Prize at Sundance) to sculpting (creator of Eleven Heavy Things, a sculpture garden created for the 2009 Venice Biennale) to, of course, writing (her first book, of short stories, won the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award) with performance art and mobile app development thrown in for good measure.
In this interview, we learn how and why July continues to create in such diverse arenas; how she came to writing; and where she goes from here. "The First Bad Man" has won praise from cultural icons Lena Dunham ("Miranda July's ability to pervert norms while embracing what makes us normal is astounding") and Dave Eggers ("this novel is almost impossible to put down.") I can affrim that it is also impossible to forget.
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"I feel like I talked way too long," said author Rebecca Katz. "I thought you would interrupt me if you needed to."
When what you have to say is not only fascinating, engaging, and critically important to anyone tuned into the show, why break in and disturb the flow. That's exactly how I felt listening to Rebecca talk about her new book, The Healthy Mind Cookbook. My hope is you will take the time to listen to her. I believe her approach to food, nutrition, and cooking can make the kitchen a safe place to experiment and grow in for those who presently are not comfortable there, and also broadens the perspective of seasoned cooks by introducing them to a wide variety of previously unthought of flavor possibilities.
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THE WEEK THAT WAS
Do the New AUMF's Limits Matter?
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With These Hires, Congress Becomes Even More Like a Corporation
>>The Future Is Tomorrow
Robots replacing human factory workers at faster pace
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This weekend is all about the long awaited Fifty Shades Of Grey. How long? Our friend Vickie Schleif, the Ottumwa 8 Theatre Manager received a phone call from a woman last July wanting to buy tickets... Vickie's feelings about the film is the theater will be so crowded (box office records will be set) it will adversely effect her business for the well reviewed Kingsman: The Secret Service. Many who want to see that - including us- will avoid the packed movie theater, in what will be an interesting weekend at cinemas across the country.
We'll talk about that, other new releases, the awards season, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays over lunch at 12:30, again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Caught between a straight-up James Bond and the Austin Powers parody version, Kingsman is a high-octane combo of action and comedy that breathes surreal new life into the big-screen spy game where Bond meets Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer." - Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"
DJ Andy Bargerstock unveils his picks for best new releases for 2014 that were played on Fringe Toast during the year. Read more on this list of artists from Fringe Toast music column published by Iowa Source magazine in early February. Click here for article. New duo from Norway, Nico & Vinz (photo), leads off the program with "Am I Wrong." In the first hour you will also hear the delightful harmonies of the Swedish sister act, First Aid Kit, with track "My Silver Lining" and Aussie singer Missy Higgins (photo). Note three local Fairfield musicians who made the list: Robert Reeder, Mr. Nasti, and James Dean Claitor.
The second hour Chill Session offers the very best of down-tempo chill-out music featuring various international artists including UK's Zero 7, Australia's Luluc, Mali's Tinariwen, Iceland's Asgeir, and Canada's Rezonate. Click here for play list. Get caught up on what has been kicking around in the brain of DJ Andy. Invite friends to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com.
THROUGHOUT THE HISTORY OF BLACK MUSIC THERE'S ALWAYS BEEN CONTROVERSY. HERE ARE A FEW
INSTANCES WHERE BLACKS WERE TESTED.
When King Crimson released their first album at the end of 1969, I was all over it like white on rice. I had heard the first cut on a Little Rock AM station, and the cover was like nothing I had ever seen. There is a beautiful song on side one called I Talk To The Wind, and we will hear multiple versions of it by them and others as well. Another interesting progressive song is Life Truth & Death by The Jimmy Castor Bunch. My obscure offerings for this show include Rumah Sakit, The Fe Fi Fours, Westfauster, and Little John. Cool Breeze
BIG BROTHER FOUNDER SAM ANDREW, PSYCHEDELIC PIONEER
Janis Joplin may have been the most famous member of Big Brother & the Holding Company, but she wasn't the only one in the group central to its sound -- guitar/singer Sam Andrew also wrote songs for the group, and he ended up with one of the longest careers of any of the members. Andrew's career in music began in 1959, at age 17, on the island of Okinawa. The son of a career military officer, he was living on the Japanese island with his family, and leading his own rock & roll band, which earned a regular gig at a locally broadcast American Bandstand-type program. His father's transfer to northern California made it possible for Andrew to attend college in San Francisco, where he became part of the city's folk scene, which evolved into folk-rock underground in 1964 and 1965. His chance hearing of the sounds of a jam going on at the home of Peter Albin led to his joining the circle of musicians hanging around Albin, and precipitated the formation of Big Brother & the Holding Company in 1965.
In June of 1966, in the course of trying to attract a bigger audience, the group's manager Chet Helms added Janis Joplin to their lineup as lead singer, which greatly altered their sound. Andrew and Albin still sang, usually as backup to Joplin, and wrote songs as well. By the time of their appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival in June of 1967, they were being courted by every major record company in America, and ultimately signed with Columbia Records. The group only recorded one official album with Joplin, Cheap Thrills, and at the end of 1968 she announced that she was leaving them. Andrew was the only member of the band that she took with her, into the Kozmic Blues Band, with which she toured and recorded for nine months in 1969. At the end of the year, that group split up and Andrew returned to a re-formed version of Big Brother & the Holding Company, with a lineup that included Nick Gravenites. That version of the group only lasted into the early '70s, after which Big Brother began a period of on-again/off-again activity, re-forming every so often for concerts and occasional recording. Andrew used his time away from the band in the '70s to pursue a formal music education in New York, at the New School For Social Research and the Mannes College of Music, where he learned to play the clarinet and the saxophone. He continued to play guitar with Big Brother & the Holding Company into the 21st century, but also wrote chamber music and a symphony, as well as music for films. --Bruce Eder
Richard Beymer, aka Ben Horne of Twin Peaks, Oregon, filmmaker, tap dancer and koolaid stand entrepeneur, is scheduled to resume shooting on the vaunted series this summer. Beymer's unauthorized autobiography is entitled "Impostor: Who Am I When Not Being Who I Think I Am?"
In the summer of 1964, Beymer made a documentary on the activities during the Mississippi Summer Project. The film "A Regular Bouquet" documents the day-to-day lives of the people who registered Mississippi voters in 1964. That period of time became known as Freedom Summer.