Fela’s 15 More Minutes Of Fame

Perhaps the most popular play “on Broadway” in New York City is “Fela!” — the story of the most famous musical, and probably political, figure to ever emerge from West Africa. It’s received rave reviews and is said to be most entertaining. But however energetic, it could not fully convey the amazing, sad, strange, inspiring, […]

Monk, For The Record

In Michael Ondaatje’s wonderful novel “Divisadero” — a most memorable part of which is set in Sonoma County — the jazz of Thelonious Monk is likened to “imprisoned birdsongs.” Leave it to a superb novelist to distill the indescribable, but many others have felt likewise. One of his few pianistic peers, Bill Evans, found Monk’s […]

The “Jangled Connections” of the Brain: Sherwin Nuland On Neuroscience

New books on “the brain” are being published every week, it seems, with many of them purporting to explain virtually everything about human behavior, follies, and the future. But increasingly, some very informed observers are expressing some reservations about such speculation, especially where profit motives are involved. Sherwin Nuland, MD, is one of the most […]

The Man And The Mountain

Mount Tamalpais is Marin’s Mount Everest. Although only 2,574 feet high at its summit, it dominates the county; to get to or from West Marin from almost anywhere else, you have to go over or around it. Much has been written about “Tam” and countless photographs taken and published featuring its image. However, what may […]

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