Peak Musical Moments: Frank Ocean Edition

We have songs, movies, and books that we love. But what about the peak moments in those experiences--those moments that stop the breath, chill the skin, and clutch the heart? cnn.com Why do certain musical passages give us chills? In an article at Inverse, titled "Ariana Grande Gives You Goosebumps Because Pop Songs are a … Continue reading Peak Musical Moments: Frank Ocean Edition

The Fallacy of Generalizations: “The American People”

bigthink.com "All generalizations are false. Except that one. That one's true." --Unknown I once received a paper that began, "People have been listening to music since the beginning of time." I guess such an argument could be made, if we define "time" as a human concept, e.g. this exchange from Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed: … Continue reading The Fallacy of Generalizations: “The American People”

Peak Moments: Lee Morgan Edition

We all have have songs/movies/books/etc. that we love. But what about the peak moments in those experiences--the moments that stop the breath, prickle the skin, freeze the heart? Lee Morgan (1938-1972) I remember the first time I “got” jazz. It was “Ysabel’s Table Dance,” from Charles Mingus’ Tijuana Moods. At first, I only heard chaos. … Continue reading Peak Moments: Lee Morgan Edition

A Little Library of Prison Books, or, What to Read After Finishing “The New Jim Crow”

A friend recently told me he had just finished The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander's influential book on the racial origins of our prison system, and he wanted my opinion on what to read next. The literature on mass incarceration is extensive, but here are a few books that had a big impact on me. … Continue reading A Little Library of Prison Books, or, What to Read After Finishing “The New Jim Crow”