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I'll be on a panel called "Written By Ourselves: The Craft of Immobile Corporeality" on Friday, April 1 at 12 noon (Rm. 51o of the L.A. Convention Center). Stop by and hear me talk about the lovers of Jonestown and how they use the stillness of intimacy in defiance of their circumstances in that Guyana [...]
I have the opportunity to travel to Denver, NYC, L.A. and Paris in the next two (2!) months to present my creative work and I couldn't be more excited or anxious--like anxiety anxious but in a good way-- and of course humbled. I can't go to all the conferences not only because three of the [...]
Closing out another semester trying to figure out if this is what I need to be doing with my life, where I need to be doing it, how I need to be doing it. In the the throes of my weekly existential crisis I remembered these tidbits of my career trajectory. I'll tell [...]
Happy Birthday Miriam Makeba.
(a post from 2008)
Miriam Makeba, South African singer/activist/conjure woman, has transitioned at the age of 76.
I’m not anything close to the biggest fan of her music. I only remember listening to one of her songs songs ad nauseum a couple of years ago—can’t even remember its name—that was especially good for getting it going on the elliptical machine.
But Makeba’s life, more than her music, was an inspiration and challenge to me.
The media can hardly be trusted in the connections it makes or implies. Nonetheless their reports of her death say that Makeba suffered a heart attack after singing “Pata Pata” (a seriously danceable track I do happen to know) at a benefit concert in Italy for the writer Roberto Saviona. Saviona’s life had been threatened by the Camorra, (a “mafia-like organization” according to Wikipedia) for taking a stand against the group in his writing.
Perhaps what is most obviously inspiring about the…
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