And I made a Spotify playlist of (mostly) hip-hop sources of allusions in “Hamilton.” Otherwise?
Teaching, cooking, working on a few secret projects, one of which is rather big.
The decade of the 1950's was a time for new beginnings.
Mary's Hospital, London, broke the four minute mile. Rocky Marciano became the world heavyweight boxing champion. Klaus Maertens opened a factory in Munich making boots, and on 11 August 1957 at Nuffield Radio Astronomy Laboratories, Alfred Charles Bernard Lovell completed work on the worlds largest radio telescope.
A beekeeper named Edmund Hillary climbed 29,028 feet and conquered Everest. 1950's Hollywood cult icons of the silver screen such as the disaffected James Byron Dean and the voluptuous blonde sex symbol Marilyn Monroe, aided and abetted by the hip swivelling Mississippi born Elvis Aaron Presley, and the newly discovered beat of Rock and Roll invented by Bill Haley are accounted as marking the beginning of modern youth subculture, the dawn of the first teenager. Only 50 miles away, at the same time, a child was born at Victoria Hospital, Blackpool, England. If it was possible and you could have put your eye to the ocular on Lovell's telescope on that summer's night on 11 August 1957, looked towards the stars and proclaimed that child's destiny, you would have seen a life rich in rebellion, filled with an undying love for country and race, a man who would not back down, a man murdered for his beliefs.
Whereas the 1950's adolescent was a rebel without a cause, herald the 1970's and the new dawn of Skrewdriver, the teenager was born again and from the smouldering coals of an unquenched fire, the flames of rebellion leapt to life once again.
This time the adolescent was awake, a rebel with a cause, a youth mobilised Against Red Front And Massed Reaction.
Our fight begins in Europe, and spreads across the White World.
Certain moments in our lives makes us realise the massive importance of our task.
I have walked through Antwerp in the early evening as Nationalists gather in the bars. White men made these nations and if White men do not stand up and fight their enemies our world will crumble.
The beautiful architecture in the Flemish City embodies European genius - the evening in Rotterdam, as the lights of the great Dutch City sparkle as we have been made welcome by our comrades; an afternoon in Stockholm, frost upon the ground, then a journey on the train to Gothenburg as the beauty of Sweden and Scandinavia hypnotises me. lan's parents, Arthur Donaldson who was brought up in the industrial town of Wigan and Irene Whitehead who was raised in Hyde, Greater Manchester, married in 1953 and the couple set up home in a three bedroom semi in the Poulton-Le-Fylde area of Blackpool.
Over at Billboard, I wrote about David Bowie’s career-long relationship with R&B.
My most recent graphic novel roundup for the New York Times Book Review covers books by Jason, Kate Beaton, Ryan North and Erica Henderson, Kelly Sue De Connick and Valentine De Landro, and Asaf and Tomer Hanuka and Boaz Lavie.
I also interviewed Sleater-Kinney and Carole King and reviewed albums by Yo La Tengo, the Chemical Brothers and the Isley Brothers.