Aug 242008
Music Review:  Patricia Barber's `The Cole Porter Mix'

by J.R. Carroll “Singer/songwriter” is not a description often applied to jazz musicians, and generally with good reason: Jazz instrumentalists have demonstrated again and again that as wordsmiths they are, well, outstanding instrumentalists. At best, the typically after-the-fact lyrics strive [...]

Aug 152008
New Zealand’s Janet Frame: Invasion of the Mind Snatchers

by Bill Marx Posthumous publication of a book by a great but grievously neglected writer gives posterity a chance to either rectify its mistake or compound it. The recent appearance in the “New Yorker” of a previously unpublished Janet Frame [...]