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optimism in the face of reason, or: another kaddish for new orleans

Mira wrote about having a grudge against optimism in a recent essay that has left me wandering lost in my own mind. See, I agree with just about everything she wrote. I largely agree with her worldview. But I am a persistent optimist. I am an optimist in the face of considerable clear evidence that optimism is irrational.

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epitaph for a tzaddik

New Orleans. With the voudon priest. Again. He gives me a reading. And one of the things he says is: “Don’t go to the cemetery. He’s not there. Go to the place where he still resides. The place where he still lives.” And all I can think of is well, where is that? Where is […]

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daily kaddish: first memory attempt

[powerpress] My first attempt to play “Kaddish” from memory since beginning the project.

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a kaddish for new orleans

The meetings. New Orleans. Again. Our session this time was ‘On the Circulation of Trance: Trance in 21st century globalized society’ or something like that. One of those times when every paper led seamlessly into the next, each amplifying the concerns of the previous. Each of us, in our own way, questioning the problems of […]

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daily kaddish: a memory attempt

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daily kaddish: on natural horn

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daily kaddish: alexander 310 triple horn

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daily kaddish

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daily kaddish: jazz

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daily kaddish: cajun with dog, for Marie Laveau

Today’s kaddish a duet for horn and chocolate lab, in my take on a cajun accordion. Today my collaborator visits the grave of voodoo great Marie Laveau in New Orleans. If I’ve gotten this up in time, Mira will play Marie’s kaddish for her on her iPhone. Yes, I realize Laveau is Creole, and Cajun […]