Last night, I decided to leave my blogging cave and enjoy a nice walk around my neighborhood. Like an idiot, I "just stopped in" to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's gift shop, and went into a fugue state that only slightly cleared when I arrived 30 minutes later (the gift shop is TINY but if you don't touch every single plant in there did you really go???) at the cash register. "Errmmm, oh yeah, I am a member…did you…need to know that?" I stammered to the employee, exhausted from my hours of dutiful blogging and singing jazz standards in my empty house.
"Only if you want a discount!" she [...]
The singer/songwriter/banjo-er Valerie June plays "organic moonshine roots" music — a mix of country, blues, folk, gospel, bluegrass, soul — and her debut studio album, Pushin' Against a Stone, is available now on iTunes. It's the best record I've heard this year.
I wrote about her for the New York Times Magazine yesterday (two songs are streaming there), but here's a couple vaguely music-related details that didn't make into the story, in case anyone's interested (she's also on Twitter!): A week after we first talked, I met up with her in the Williamsburg apartment she shares with her husband, Farkas Fülöp, a video projection artist. I’d been [...]
What will they name the "new" oldest tree in the world? It must be weird to think you're the oldest [something] in the world — like Methuselah, the 4,845-year-old Great Basin bristlecone pine — and then have that title be taken away, because it'd mean you never really were in the first place, and that the only way you ever could be is if the other one died. Watch out, unnamed 5,062-year-old P. longaeva.