Lou Reed, 1942-2013

So it’s just about three days since Lou Reed died and I admit I’m kind of holding my breath, waiting to see if he rises from the tomb on the morning of the third day. It’s hard to imagine him as anything other than transformed into a more perfect...

In memoriam: Marshall Berman, 1940-2013

One of the great delights of the decade Cyrus and I spent teaching our Writing New York class was the repeated opportunity to screen clips from Ric Burns’s monumental New York: A Documentary Film. Without a doubt, the highlight of that film is — for me, at...

RIP Gil Scott-Heron

Fab 5 Freddy posted this to Twitter. Filmed in NYC in the early 70s: Gil Scott-Heron, 1949-2011, died just a year after releasing the stunning record I’m New Here, his first album in 16 years. Here’s an riveting profile by Alec Wilkinson published by The...

Dylan at 70

Dylan at 24, on Ginsberg’s typewriter. Happy birthday to a great American poet. I wish I time for more than just providing a few links, but there will be no shortage of Dylan commentary today. Here are a few Dylan-related things we’ve done over the last...