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About allisunknown

26 year-old student, tutor, and writer. Write for http://www.spectrumculture.com. Also nascent pedestrian advocate. Twitter handles: twitter.com/joeclinkenbeard twitter.com/PedInPDX

50/50: #3 – Poetry selections

50/50 is a series of 50-word capsule reviews I’m doing in conjunction with my pledge to read 50 books in 2012. The next 50/50 will be Ken Kesey’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” Selected Poems, James Tate (1991) Simple … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture album reviews: Poliça – Give You The Ghost and Emily Wells – Mama

Another cd double header. Emily Wells and the voice behind Poliça both are crafters of impressive music and charismatic frontwomen. Their music stands for itself. Read about, and watch, below: “Amongster” leads off the record with scratchy, Wall of Sound synth … Continue reading

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50/50: #2 – Written on the Body

50/50 is a series of 50-word capsule reviews I am doing in conjunction with my pledge to read 50 books in 2012. Hope you enjoy. The next 50/50 will be James Tate’s “Selected Poems.” Written on the Body, Jeanette Winterson … Continue reading

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50/50: 50 book reviews, 50 words each – #1 – The Postman Always Rings Twice

Between now and 2012’s end, I’ve pledged (to myself? to the library gods?) to read 50 books, and to do a series of 50-word book reviews for each title, dubbed “50/50.” This is the first. Hope you enjoy. The next … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music reviews: Animal Joy (Shearwater) & Le Voyage Dans La Lune (Air)

Two albums, two diametrically dissimilar approaches. Shearwater is emotional, muted and occasionally ecstatic, building their sound up around simple arrangements and melodies; Air is just about what you’d expect from a couple of French guys tooling around with a crapload … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture book reviews: The Origins of Political Order by Francis Fukuyama; Something to Say by Richard Klin

Book reviews: love to do ’em, but they take about 10,000x the effort of a music, film or concert review, so I don’t do them often enough. Here’s two recent ones from yours, truly. First is Francis Fukuyama’s “The Origins … Continue reading

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Spectrum Culture music reviews: Laura Gibson’s “La Grande,” rediscover of Lia Ices’ “Grown Unknown”

Two reviews, four vids. Haunted-voiced female singer-songwriters. A good day for everybody involved. First, Laura Gibson’s new album, the spectral “La Grande”: Due to enlistment of percussionists Matthew Rubin Berger and Rachel Blumberg as well as appearances from Calexico’s Joey … Continue reading

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