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It begins with a smattering of polite applause. There is no introduction, no showbiz patter. On “Monk’s Mood,” pianist Thelonius Monk rings bell-like chords, tenor saxophonist John Coltrane makes an unearthly entrance, at once snakecharmer and alien. Here Coltrane is already himself in 1957. “Evidence” mounts, tentative, oblique, yet irrefutable. Then one of Monk’s unparalleled ballads, “Crepuscule with Nellie.” The pianist’s use of space gives each… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Cataclysm of Love

At the slow, burning heart of Gabriel Garcia Marquez's novel Love in the Time of Cholera is the mad, obsessive, unrequited love affair between Florentino Ariza and almond-eyed Fermina Daza, an outlandish love lasting exactly 50 years, nine months, and four days, a "cataclysm of love," a love whose incurable symptoms are the same as disease. Parallel to this is the marriage between Doctor Juvenal Urbino de la Calle, the most desirable of bachelors, and… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

The Hurt Men

In The Scent of Apples, a collection of his stories, Bienvenido Santos examines the theme of the Pilipino immigrant as exile in the United States. Calling them "the hurt men," Santos depicts the alienation and estrangement of his characters, who have left a traditional society founded on a sense of community, kinship, and mutual support. These "oldtimers" often seek the company of American women at taxi dance halls for the virtues of fidelity and… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Tributaries to the Mainstream

Like Don DeLillo's Libra and E.L. Doctorow's Book of Daniel, American Woman, by Susan Choi, is a remarkable feat of the historical imagination. A fictional retelling of the notorious 1974 kidnapping of the newspaper heiress Patty Hearst by the revolutionary Symbionese Liberation Army, the novel's focal point is the deepening relationship between Pauline, the Hearst surrogate, and Jenny Shimada, an anti-war radical who is enlisted by organizer Rob… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Aunt Lili

When Aunt Lili passed away short of her 100th birthday on March 7th, 2010, she was the last of the Oyama clan that included my Uncles Wesley and Clem, Aunt Mary, Bob and my father Joseph Tadashi. As my grandfather tried to make a go of everything from truck farming to selling homemade cosmetics on a horse-drawn cart up and down the Coast, the family lived a peripatetic life in Sacramento, Los Angeles, California's Central Valley and elsewhere from the Great Depression until the… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Saintly Interventions

The title of Angelico Chavez's From an Altar Screen refers to a retablo, or tableau, thus his stories set in New Mexico span the 19th century to the post-World War II period, and involve a saintly (or devilish) intervention in the lives of both the common folk and the Spanish nobility. Chavez, who was ordained a priest and accorded the religious name Fra Angelico after the medieval painter, writes a simple, spare, modest prose that conveys the beauty of the New Mexican landscape, the foibles… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:39pm — No Comments

Mind Leaping

Born in New York City and educated at the University of California, Berkeley, poet Arthur Sze has been a longtime resident of New Mexico. For many years, he has taught at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe. His work is infused with, and inspirited by, the textures and colors of the New Mexican landscape and cultures. In Archipelago, Sze's poems hybridize the spirit of a Zen garden with native culture and other geographies, and the associations, analogues, correspondences and… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

Of Ceremony and Story

Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko's 1977 novel, focuses upon a World War II Native American veteran Tayo's return to the Laguna Pueblo reservation in New Mexico, and his alienation from the pueblo culture as a person of mixed blood. The novel traces the protagonist's descent into alcoholism, self-contempt, and abrupt violence, and his eventual reintegration into the matrix of native culture through renewed ritual and ceremonial practices, and the agency… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Indwelling Spirit of the Desert

In Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather becomes a poet of the Southwestern land, light, and air: "These cloud formations seemed to be always there, however hot and blue the sky. Sometimes they were flat terraces, ledges of vapour; sometimes they were dome-shaped, or fantastic, like the tops of silvery pagodas, rising one above another, as if an oriental city lay directly behind the rock. The great tables of granite set down in an empty plain… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Unquiet Report from the Front

Unquiet Report from the Front

In the midst of The Great Recession and talk of a post-racial moment, Maisha Baton's volume of poems, "Sketches" arrives like a disquieting report from the front of America's inner cities with its urban moonscapes, "graffiti buildings" and those "lurking at the edges of the city's generosity." Divided into two sections, "Pittsburgh Sketches" and "Albuquerque Sketches" along with a final poem, "Gemini," the poet maps… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 18, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Morning Fix: Thursday Edition



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Added by Ron Da Bomb on March 18, 2010 at 6:30am — 4 Comments

Love’s in the Details: 7 Continents 9 Lives, by Fay Chiang

Love can be found in the fidelity to daily details in 7 Continents 9 Lives (Bowery Books 2010), by Fay Chiang, a genre-defying collection of poems, prose poems, journal entries and dramatic monologues that includes work from the poet’s previous two volumes published by Sunbury Press. It’s a brave, beautiful, compassionate, harrowing, imperfect and impossibly generous piece of work. Chiang, an activist in the multiethnic communities of New York City’s… Continue

Added by Richard Read Oyama on March 17, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

All Creatures Great and Small (Except Starlings)





I got my marching orders in the form of a text message.



My wife asked if I could borrow the bb gun from a co-worker because she's had enough of the starlings in our back yard. It only took 12 years to reach the boiling point. Now, those of you who know me will understand that I could not take this task lightly. I have fired a gun once in my life. It was… Continue

Added by Masshole in Fringecrest on March 17, 2010 at 9:30am — 14 Comments

Morning Fix: Holiday Road



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Added by Ron Da Bomb on March 17, 2010 at 6:30am — 13 Comments

Morning Fix: March Mildness



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Added by Ron Da Bomb on March 16, 2010 at 6:30am — 7 Comments

oh home. oh, sweet, sweet home

Thank God, I'm home in Albuquerque again. I was only gone for 18 months, and in the past nine, I've come back for week to two-week visits almost every month. But still, it's good to be home. (Especially when home is 30 degrees warmer than where I'd been living.)



And because I finally have an internet connection at home (Thanks to the Flying Star downtown for putting up with all my lingering. Thanks to the Abq library branches for the same. And thanks seriously to Y&S for their… Continue

Added by Laura on March 15, 2010 at 5:26pm — 8 Comments

What I Saw Under the Freeway ...

Nope, you're not seeing things. He's in a Scooby-Doo costume.

Added by Alexis on March 15, 2010 at 3:30pm — 12 Comments

Albuquerqe Real Estate Update

The Albuquerque real estate market continues to make a steady upward climb. The numbers have just been released for February and they are very positive.



February saw 380 single-family detached home sales which was up 10.79% from February of 2009 and up 8.88% from January.



Pending home sales for single-family detached homes are up a whopping 46.98% from February 2009 and 5.27% from January.



The 200-249k price range was the top category with 57 closed sales of… Continue

Added by Kevin Ramos on March 15, 2010 at 1:35pm — No Comments

It's a Neighborly Day in this Beauty Wood

A few weeks ago I was getting my Morning Fix and clicked to a KOAT story about off duty police car use. The story was interesting, the first reader comment actually made me think, but three comments later it devolved into the usual local teevee forum rant. Just as I was about to go back to DCF, an HGTV story caught my eye - “… Continue

Added by Barelas Babe on March 15, 2010 at 1:00pm — 14 Comments

How do Albuquerque REALTORS survive the worst real estate market in recent history?

Real estate Darwinism

Perspective: 2020 Re-Envision

By Inman News, Tuesday, March 2, 2010.



Inman NewsToday's brokers and agents who survive and lead us out of this current mess are going to be those most willing to change. They will share three key attributes: they will be the most competent in their craft, utilize all available technology, and be the most dedicated to customer service.



It seems like that should be the case today, but some, and perhaps a… Continue

Added by Kevin Ramos on March 15, 2010 at 10:08am — No Comments

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