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BOOK REVIEW #2 – Juliet Escoria, Juliet the Maniac

BOOK REVIEW TIME! If you had the luck to stumble upon Juliette Escoria’s Black Cloud, Elizabeth Ellen’s Fast Machine or Megan Boyle’s LIVEBLOG, you’re in the right place. 

Never heard about any of these books? No worries, you’re still in the right place.

Chances are, we might even give you the urge to enrich your literary life with this major event in modern literature called Juliet the Maniac

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WHERE TO BEGIN WITH… Miles Davis

Miles Davis (1926 – 1991) has been the subject of countless quality biographies, documentaries and has even his biopic entitled Miles Ahead (starring Don Cheadle and Ewan McGregor). What often stays a mystery is not Miles himself, but how to approach his music. Some would be tempted to try to start the climb in the chronological order of his career, or to begin with the so-called “classics” (aka his early years with Columbia Records and his Blue Note debut, Kind of Blue) . Even though these methods would rightfully satiate the curiosity of many, one would miss a great deal of Music history.

Our approach is slightly different. While some would instantly reject what’s not considered “real jazz”, we advise to start by what we consider the most approachable. Don’t take us wrong: the instant attractiveness of our selection doesn’t remove any of the importance these titles and records have

We personally started with In A Silent Way and found it quite confusing at first. It is today our favorite. Taking your time is key!

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THIS WEEK IN ARTS VOL.2: Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’ / Guggenheim Museum, NYC

The museum and the exhibition: comfort minus the déjà vu.

For our first trip to New York City, we automatically planned a visit to one of the many jewels the city has to offer: the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Permanent home for contemporary art, ephimeral exhibitions are also notorious there, and the building’s architecture doesn’t disappoint. At our time of visit and alongside Basquiat’s Defacement: The Untold Story, we also enjoyed portraits taken by Robert Mappletorpe and sculptures by Constantin Brancusi.

To be completely honest, we weren’t familiar with Jean-Michel Basquiat’s work, which we only heard of while watching documentaries and reading Keith Haring’s Journals. Once reconciled with our humility, we fully immersed in this proposed portion of his art. That is the magic of primitive art: simple never precludes impact and meaning.

We would have loved to review our full experience, but we’re limiting this article to the main reason of our visit. Of course, 3 raisons pour will be your best ally when the time comes for a comprehensive walkthrough of the premises. EDIT: it has just been published here!

For now, let’s take a blogable tour!

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ITW #9 – Béret (Jesus White, out Oct 18)

INTERVIEW TIME! Béret’s third album Jesus White is out on October 18 (via Chicago-based label Born Yesterday Records). The first single “Fade Out the World” is out now and available in this article. Of course, the whole album will be reviewed here in the following weeks! 

Before making this interview, we’ve been warned: Béret’s well-read. Get a taste of his eloquence without delay.

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