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Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, and One Night in New York City

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Ethan Iverson on Duke Ellington and Bill Evans’s performances of “In a Sentimental Mood” on the night of August 17, 1967, and their place in the history of jazz.
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For Moral Clarity, Don't Look to Universities

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As the hate on display in Charlottesville made clear, scholarly practices and virtues cannot impart comprehensive visions of the good. They are, however, essential in another way.
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ouch: "What can the president of a contemporary university say? The University of Virginia is many things — a health center, a federal contractor, a sports franchise, an event venue, and, almost incidentally, a university devoted to education and knowledge. It is most often, as Clark Kerr wrote in 1963, a multiversity, with little common purpose but the perpetuation of itself and its procedures. Why should my colleagues and I look to our chief executive for moral leadership? As a university president, Sullivan is, in the words of Thorstein Veblen, a captain of erudition, not the leader of a community bound to a common moral mission."
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Joni Mitchell - Coyote (Live) - The Last Waltz

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Joni Mitchell - Coyote (Live) - The Last Waltz A luminous performance of an amazing song. Reportedly written about a fling with Sam Shepard.

(This version shows what a great bassist Rick Danko was. He plays beautifully, even when compared to the legendary Jaco Pastorius who played on the album version.)
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Dirty girls

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Shot in 1996 by the then high-school student Michael Lucid on a handheld camera at his school in Santa Monica, California, Dirty Girls was released and screened around Los Angeles in 2000 before gaining popularity on the internet in 2013. The film centres on a group of teens deemed ‘dirty girls’ by their peers for their rejection of school social norms – especially their purposely unkempt, grunge-influenced style. Identifying as part of the Riot Grrrl feminist punk movement of the 1990s, the girls share their perspective on capitalism, feminism and rape culture in their self-published zine, mostly to the mockery of their classmates. A microcosm of the high-school social experience familiar to many, Lucid’s film is also a window into the early days of third-wave feminism, before many of the ideas that the ‘dirty girls’ embraced gained traction in mainstream culture.

By Aeon Video

Watch at Aeon

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Das wichtigste Wörterbuch muss relevant bleiben

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Der Duden hat 5000 neue Wörter aufgenommen. Darunter sind nicht nur Anglizismen und Propagandabegriffe, sondern auch das "Binnen-I" und "queer" - Wörter, die das gesellschaftliche Bewusstsein schärfen.

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10 days ago
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get out the drudge siren because the germans have a verb "to tinder" (tindern)
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Shocking Omissions: Mary Lou Williams' Choral Masterpiece, 'Black Christ Of The Andes'

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Mary Lou Williams

The jazz composer and pianist wrote the devotional work after her conversion to Catholicism. For her long, endlessly inventive and astonishing career, she belongs at the center of our canon.

(Image credit: William P. Gotlieb/Library of Congress via flickr.com)

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