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New translations of Karl Kraus

After decades of dribs and drabs, we are suddenly awash in English translations of Karl Kraus, the Viennese writer who’s been an on and off obsession of mine since I was a teenager. I became aware of┬áKraus through reading Schoenberg’s … Continue reading

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Mingus Speaks, by John F. Goodman (UC Press, 2013)

Did this book get enough attention? I think it’s a major contribution to the literature. Goodman was a jazz critic for Playboy, reviewed Mingus’s 1972 so-called “comeback” concert, and began interviewing Mingus, first for an article, then for a book. … Continue reading

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