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  • Alice's Breast Flaunt

    You Can Get Anything You Want

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 30th, 2015

    Alice, she of Arlo Guthrie's restaurant fame, wrote and asked if she is in my book. Now she is. Next one. Last summer she cooked up a storm at Dreamaway Lodge revisiting the Berkshires.

  • Movietone News

    Scrapbook of War Memories

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 30th, 2015

    Today how I wish I had that scrapbook of clipping from Life Magazine I kept during WWII. The world in turmoil was seen through movies, comic books safe at home while uncles fought fascism. Growing up in bombed out Hamburg the memories of Astrid are more horrific than mine.

  • Touch of the Poet

    Smashed up Stephen Rifkin

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 29th, 2015

    Over the past year of intensively writing poetry in a now published first book there has been a constant dialogue with my poet friend Stephen Rifkin. He held court in a wheel chair during an opening with his artist wife Wilma last night at Gallery 51 in North Adams. We practiced the secret handshake.

  • Pesto

    Weekly Dinners with Sister Pip

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 26th, 2015

    When we were bachelors Pip and I were best pals and neighbors in Cambridge. Mid week we met for dinner. Now and then the rarest of treats pesto from the freezer. Was it good I asked?

  • Martin Mugar

    Artist with Elegant Mind

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 26th, 2015

    It was an offer I could not refuse. Invitation to dine with Martin Mugar at the elegant and exclusive Algonquin Club on Comm Ave. The conversation started that night continues to this day. He is passionate and opinionated about painting. We agree only on the eenui of most contempiorary art.

  • Ornette Coleman

    Shape of Jazz to Come

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 26th, 2015

    A true polymath and visionary a dialogue with Ornette Coleman touched on everything from art and music to his innards. Beyond comprehension he took jazz to the next level.

  • Philip Glass

    Pictures Last Longer

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 25th, 2015

    Long before he became mega famous I had lunch with composer Philip Glass. There was a soft mix of natural and artificial light as I photographed during an interview. The words that day are long forgotten but the images remain of an amazing encounter.

  • Cake

    Marie Antoinette at Cholmondeley's

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2015

    When I was in college the nine year difference in our age was huge. It was one of our first of many dates before my tenure as a jazz and rock critic. All went well until she ordered the cake.

  • May

    A Time to Plant and Sow

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2015

    Memorial Day weekend putting in gardens. Tricked by late frost always an issue in harsh New England.

  • Geoffrey

    Hula to Whodoo

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 24th, 2015

    On the porch last summer recalling wild times as teenagers.. Geoffrey gave me his collected verse. Who knew a year later I will give him mine. With the secret grip we are members of the Live Poets Society.

  • Reasonable

    Platitudes of Daily Discourse

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 23rd, 2015

    Our daily discourse with others from friends to strangers, clerks in the checkout line, waiters in cafes is conducted with boiler plate. We meet and greet but really don't want to know each other. The usual hi how are you lacks the weight of true inquiry.

  • Charles Giuliano's Shards of a Life

    Beyond Gonzo

    By: J.M. Robert Henriquez - May 22nd, 2015

    The book of poetry Shards of a Life by Charles Giuliano will be launched with a reading and book signing at Edith Wharton's The Mount. The free reception will will occur on Friday, June 5 from 5:30 to 7:30. The critical essay "Beyond Gonzo" was written as the introduction for the book by J.M. Robert Henriquez

  • Guido's

    Pricey Heirloom Tomatoes

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 20th, 2015

    Waiting too long each summer for our first ripe tomatoes. Usually mid to late August. Until them ridiclous prices at Guido's where the Berkshire royalty shops for super meats and produce.

  • Chris Burden

    Shot in the Arm as Art

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 17th, 2015

    When performance/ conceptual artist, Chris Burden, passed away this week in recalled meeting him during his ICA exhibition 1989. I pulled the file and found the original notes and negatives. The resultant poem is extracted from discussion of his seminal 1971 piece Shoot.

  • Pop

    Tales of the Lower East Side

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 17th, 2015

    In grim isolation the ancient super next door was terrified of Die Kinder. We surprised him on Thanksgiving.

  • Spotty

    Curse of the Mutt

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 15th, 2015

    After years of hard work the Sullivans moved to upscale Belmont. Up the street from Aunt Catherine of the Rockoport Nugent clan. At first all went well. Then

  • BB King

    The Thrill is Gone

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 15th, 2015

    More polished and assimilated into a range of styles than his peers Howlin Wolf or Muddy Waters like them up from the Delta BB King was a blues giant. Arguably, he was the greatest guitarist of his generation building on the original King of the Delta Blues, Robert Johnson. BB King was an inspiration to the British musicians of the 1960s, from John Mayall, to Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and Jeff Beck who conflated Delta blues with rock 'n' roll. We celebrate his legacy at 89.

  • Odors and Smells

    A Pungent Tale of Woe & Joy

    By: J.M. Robert Henriquez - May 14th, 2015

    Through time, space and daunting obstacles reaching back to recover the exotic perfume and flavors of a Caribbean heritage.

  • Bloody Thursday

    Papa Doc Duvalier Was Having a Bad Day

    By: J.M. Robert Henriquez - May 14th, 2015

    Rebels who couldn't shoot straight failed to assassinate Haiti's dictator Papa Doc Duvalier. Decades later recalling the terror that prevailed that day.

  • Sexual Healing

    One of Final Performances of Marvin Gaye

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 12th, 2015

    As past of a summer long series a stage was erected on Boston Common facing Boylston Street. In a stunning performance Marvin Gaye went almost Full Monty while crooning the anthem Sexual Healing/

  • Smoki Bacon

    Legendary Boston Socialite

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 11th, 2015

    Smoki grew up Italian in Brookline Village and married Boston Brahmin Ed Bacon. Hence that amazingly catchy handle Smoki Bacon. She has long been one of the brightest lights in the social scene. She knows everyone and delights in making introductions often to excess.

  • Texting

    So It Is Written So Shall It Be

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 04th, 2015

    Looking for answers. Lifetime of reading. Ultimately going it alone without a net.

  • Lobster Thermidor

    Annual Kentucky Derby Party

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 03rd, 2015

    It's over in a couple of minutes after a log buildup. For the past six years Lisa Bklackmer and Michelle Jensen have hosted an annual Derby party as a benefit for breast cancer. This time the big screen and lawyer's office was not available. Lisa was in the dumps about it. I suggested the Eclipse Mill Gallery. She wavered. Then I offered to bring Lobster Thermidor. That clinched it. The party was awesome but everyone ragged on me when I copped out.

  • The Pledge

    A Poetic Pact

    By: J.M. Robert Henriquez - May 03rd, 2015

    A declaration of commitment to a voyage upstream to explore the cave of dream and memory.

  • God Is Dead

    We're On Our Own

    By: Charles Giuliano - May 03rd, 2015

    Faced with the unfathomable and irrational, fragile and fallible mankind invented God. That explained everything. Then as Nietzsch stated God died. We killed Him. Nothing new. But now what? Without sin and fear of punishment why do we do the right thing? Heaven and hell are here and now.

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