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August 08, 2023


I have the highest esteem for Ken Tucker's writing. This piece was so good I went out and bought John Leonard's "Reading for My Life" and lost no time reading it. No question Leonard has a terrific prose style (except for his penchant for making gratuitous lists). Leonard is very smart, though he comes across as a know-it-all, an inveterate smart-ass. His piece on Ed Sullivan is the best thing in the book. And hey, if you think Bob Dylan is overrated, you will enjoy Leonard's take down of him. Spoiler: he greatly prefers Joan Baez.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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