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Essays Tales

  • The Good Object
    Eight short fables.
  • Crazie Trilogy
    Something from the '60s, written years later at the point of fading memory. Best read while listening to "Time is Tight" by Booker T. and the MG's.
  • Shining Pathology, a novella
    If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than it was because he was he and I was I.
    — Montaigne
  • Best Dive, a novella circa '93
    Wherein five creatures, Myrna, Cyprian, Bubba, Yves-Yvette, and the Narrator, attempt to restore a great civic monument to its former glory. This in the aftermath of a total economic collapse. Y sí, es un love story también.
  • Five Gold Rings
    The man of nobility is like pure gold, sometimes under the hammer's blow, and sometimes in the crown of a king.
    — Ibn Hazm, Cordoba, 994-1064
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  • Tearing Up the Town (4:34)
    The New York City gentrification story circa 1986. Arranged and produced by Clive Smith.
  • Joke (4:37)
    Written in the aftermath of the 1982 Sabra and Shatila massacre and recorded that year with Salon Bon Ton. Eric Darton: vocals, piano; Katie Kehrig: clarinet; Michael Enright: guitar; Mike McShane: castinettes, slit drum, electronic drums; Clive Smith: trumpet; Jenneth Webster: psaltry.
  • Memento Mori (3:32)
    Recorded with Salon Bon Ton circa 1983. Eric Darton: piano; Katie Kehrig: clarinet; Michael Enright: percussion; Mike McShane: percussion; Clive Smith: trumpet.
  • Disinformation (2:15)
    Verbal improvisation with piano overdub. Recorded in 1983 during the U.S.-sponsored Contra war against Nicaragua.
  • Brune Pourcel (2:52)
    Verbal improvisation recorded around 1982. Brune Pourcel is a person referred to in Montaillou: Promised Land of Error (1979), Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie's ethnographic history of the Cathars of Languedoc during the 14th Century.
  • Elevator Shoes (1:30)
    No words here, just foot and hand percussion on an elevator's floor, walls and railing, plus spontaneously occurring sound effects with an organ overdub. Recorded circa 1982.
  • General Belgrano (2:32)
    Multiple instrumental overdubs on a 4-track cassette recorder, circa 1985. The title refers to the Argentine cruiser sunk by the British with great loss of life during the 1982 Falklands-Malvinas war.
  • Mort Subite (3:42)
    Recorded on 4-track cassette around the same time as General Belgrano (above). The piano is a rich-toned, late 19th Century Steinway “grand upright” that belonged to my late mother Beatrice. T’other instruments are digital: drum machine, plus samples from a MIDI keyboard that Katie won in a Japanese caligraphy contest.

  • K's Song (1:36)
    Improvisational piano duet with Katie Kehrig on clarinet, circa 1983. Synthesizer overdub by Scott Rossi.

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