Monthly Archives: February 2019

Thomas Fowler: “The Ancient Pseudoscience”

“Thomas Fowler, American poet (1921-1965). Born in Sevierville, Tennessee, Fowler ran away from the family farm at age 14 and rode the rails around the US for years. After serving in the Merchant Marine during World War II, Fowler settled … Continue reading

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Jesse and Jezebel: Low-Rent Capers and an Ink-Drawn Heart

“Jesse and Jezebel, the name given to outlaw couple Jesse Weathers and Janice Lister after they began a sporadic crime spree in Arkansas, robbing a few gas stations, hijacking a truck and trying (and failing) to hold up a bank. … Continue reading

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Boris Pasternak: At the Paris Anti-Fascist Conference, 1935

“Sketch of Boris Pasternak, allegedly made by Pablo Picasso at the International Conference for the Defense of Culture, the great anti-Fascist gathering of world artists and thinkers in Paris, in June 1935. A Soviet delegation was invited. But when Pasternak … Continue reading

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Giancarlo Sobretti: “What Art Is”

“‘You want to know what art is? I’ll tell you what art is. Art is what remains when the bullshit that invades your mind and your soul from the day you are born is expelled for a moment — for … Continue reading

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Cynthia Norwich: “The Secret Sharer”

“Cynthia Norwich. Photo for the ‘Domestique’ Sunday color supplement of the Sidbury Times, Sidbury, Connecticut, September 4, 1966. The story noted her election as President of the prestigious North Maple Home and Garden Club. But she also had another life. … Continue reading

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Joseph Hart: ‘These Blues are Just Like Love’

“Joseph ‘Slow Dog’ Hart, Knoxville blues singer (1897-1955). He spent most of his years as a street singer, with occasional gigs at house parties and bars. But in 1947 he had an unexpected success from a one-time recording session with … Continue reading

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Dry Martini with a Heartbreak Chaser

“Dry martini with a heartbreak chaser. St. Valentine’s Day, 1954. Geno’s Place, Hoboken, New Jersey.” Pencil sketch. art and text by ©2019 by Chris Floyd

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