As Kevin Sullivan slowly rumbles his pickup truck across his 60 acres of property near the Connecticut-Massachusetts border, he leans in and asks a question: What’s farmland?
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Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington recorded only one album together, and it was a long time in coming. The Great Summit was made for Roulette Records in 1961, decades after these giants of jazz had come to prominence in the twenties, and several years after George Avakian proposed such a meeting for Columbia Records in 1955. Avakian had been the producer of two concept albums that Armstrong made in the mid-fifties, Louis Armstrong Plays W.C. Handy , and its successor, Satch Plays Fats . Both...
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Since its premiere in 1918, Gustav Holst 's symphonic cycle The Planets has effectively defined the informal genre of "music about space." But more recently, four prominent artists from different musical realms collaborated on a cosmic exploration of their own. It culminated in Planetarium , which was released earlier this month. Work on Planetarium began in 2011, when composer Nico Muhly was commissioned to create a longform work for a concert hall in Europe. He gathered friends from the...
In 1960, a famous literature professor at Smith College was arrested for having gay pornographic materials in his Northampton, Massachusetts, apartment. Four decades later, that scandal was the basis of a nonfiction book. Now the story is getting a new telling -- an operatic one -- on the very college campus where the original events took place.
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Wendy Barker is the poet-in-residence and the Pearl LeWinn Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her sixth full-length collection of poems, One Blackbird at a Time , is the winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry.
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The final episode of this series of "Words in Transit" features stories of immigrants from Bhutan and Slovenia and their work today to help other new arrivals to this country.