The poet Jayne Cortez passed away this past December 28th
in New York City (New York Times obituary
). She started publishing her poems in the late 1960s and in the 70s began performing her poetry backed by music, first
with bassist Richard Davis, and then backed by her own band The Firespitters. Some of their tracks have found their way to YouTube: I See Chano Pozo
, If the Drum Is a Woman
, There It Is
, Maintain Control & Economic Love Song I
, Everybody Wants to Be Somebody
, Takin' the Blues Back Home
, Talk to Me (for Don Cherry)
, I've Been Searching
, You Can Be
and Endangered Species List Blues
. Just two years ago she performed solo with her son by Ornette Coleman, drummer Denardo Coleman: Find Your Own Voice
, I'm Gonna Shake
and She Got He Got
. In 1997 she was featured on University of California television network in the series Artists on the Cutting Edge
where she read poems and discussed her work. Finally, here's a brief clip
from the 1982 documentary Poetry in Motion, where she was interviewed.
Farewell Pushcart Queen: Jean Merrill has passed away from cancer
. Many of her 30 books were young adult stories which followed underdogs in conflict with powerful interests. Her most well-known books were The Pushcart War
, about a confrontation between New York pushcarts and the trucking industry, and The Toothpaste Millionaire
, about a young African American entrepreneur who challenges big business. (previously
) [more inside]
Gore Vidal, arguably one of america's greatest living post-war writers, died Tuesday at the age of 86
. [more inside]
Acclaimed New Zealand children's and young adult's book author Margaret Mahy died in Christchurch
yesterday aged 76. [more inside]
Writer, traveler, and kidnapper of Nazi generals, Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor
-- Paddy to friends and fans -- is dead at 96
A silver lining: his biographer Artemis Cooper reports that the long-awaited final installment of his trilogy recounting a year-long walk across Europe as a young man in the 1930s, "has existed for some time, and will be published in due course."
author, resistance fighter, Holocaust survivor, has died
, French author, member of the Académie française and subject of this recent Mefi post
, has passed away at age 85
A wonderful obituary in the NYT for Grace Paley,
who died yesterday at her home in Thetford Hill, Vt. She was 84.
"Life is wise to deceive us,"
he once wrote, "for had it told us from the start what it had in store for us, we would refuse to be born." --Naguib Mahfouz, RIP
--and more from when he won the Nobel in 1988
The author Rodney Whitaker is dead
, taking along with him Trevanian, Nicholas Seare, Benat Le Cagot, and several of his other pen names. Under the name Trevanian he wrote The Eiger Sanction
(1972) (which became a Clint Eastwood movie of the same name
(1979), The Loo Sanction
(1973), The Summer of Katya
(1983), The Main
(1976), Incident at Twenty-Mile
(1998), and others. In real life, Whitaker was the Chairman of the Radio, Television, and Film Department at the University of Texas
. He was believe to be 74 years old, and died of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Chaim Potok dead at 73
Author of The Chosen, The Promise, My Name Is Asher Lev, and and many others
has died of Brain Cancer. Here
is a link to a biography and selections of his work for anyone who may be unfamiliar with his life and work.
As a youngen, I was very much enamored with Ken Kesey's questioning soul and his flare for the wild. His novels provided much comfort as I tried to navigate my way through those conforming years we all know as high school. May he RIP.