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  1. British jazz reissues

    I see that the answer is yes. The individual albums all just hit iTunes, either today or perhaps yesterday. (Likely on Spotify as well, but I don't monitor that.) Now whether they are remastered or not or include any bonus material is a different story, but for now, I am pretty stoked to be able to listen to the original albums. Who knows. I may end up springing for a physical copy.
  2. British jazz reissues

    While I am interested in the Nucleus box, I also have cut way, way back on the amount of physical stuff I am ordering. Is there any indication whether this will eventually be released in a digital format or on the streaming platforms?
  3. That's a shame. It's actually pretty incredible that people think they can still get away with stuff like this. Maybe they need to get the social media mob to set to work... I think they are off to Seattle and Vancouver next. I was hoping they would stop off in Toronto, but it doesn't look like it.
  4. Now reading...

    Finished up Hoban's Turtle Diary (NYRB). Quite interesting character study of two lonely souls in London. Just starting Baum's Grand Hotel (NYRB) and Trevor's The Boarding-House (one of his early novels). Also, slowly working my way through second volume of Musil's The Man Without Qualities.
  5. Blue Note Lost Sessions CD

    Someone on Discogs is selling one for $11.30. I don't think it is really particularly rare. I used to own a copy, but probably sold it on the board way back when.
  6. Concerts: previews / reviews

    There's always the chance that they'll shoot off real cannons at the end. That's always a thrill...
  7. Strange. Looking at the original cover, I am certain I owned this at one point, but I can't find any record of it on the shelves. I do like the new cover much better...
  8. Now reading...

    Yeah, they make a bit of a big deal about not silently correcting issues like the name. Kind of silly. Anyway, there are also 17 Pat Hobby stories.
  9. Now reading...

    It is pretty hard to tell about translations, which is most faithful vs. which is most personally appealing. I did compare 3 translations of Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita and ultimately liked Pevear/Volokhonsky the best. I believe I now have all the major novels by Dostoevsky translated by them, as well as Anna Karenina and War and Peace.
  10. Now reading...

    Definitely a classic! I try to reread this every 10 years or so... Squeezing in Hoban's Turtle Diary (NYRB) during breaks from the 2nd vol. of Musil's The Man Without Qualities. I'd say Turtle Diary is a bit of an unknown gem, but I'm only about 1/3 through so far.
  11. Obit from Guardian here - https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/mar/29/agnes-varda-obituary Quite a long, productive career. I really ought to try to watch Cleo this weekend if I can dig out the DVD...
  12. Now reading...

    I just finished and found it a total waste of time. Very sorry I started it. (I'm supposed to be getting better at dropping unrewarding books...) At any rate, I am now launching into vol. 2 of Musil's The Man Without Qualities. My goal is to be done by mid-April, though I suspect other things (particularly taxes) will be too much of a distraction.
  13. Now reading...

    About halfway through Mohammed Hanif's Red Birds. Have to admit I don't like it very much for several reasons, but the primary one is that you rotate inside the heads of three characters, including a dog(!), but they all have the same narrative voice. Different perspectives and concerns to be sure, but basically identical vocabularies and pretty similar phrasing. If you're going to do this, do it right...
  14. I like the Ann Arbor connection and may eventually order this, though I must say the linked review is not particularly encouraging...
  15. Now reading...

    I don't think I've read Rebellion, though I've read several other of his novels and reportage. My favorite is the fairly early novel, Hotel Savoy.