bookpatrol:

A Birthday Salute to Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde was our first literary rock star whose work continues to be widely read and his plays regularly produced. His epic 1882 tour of America has been referred to as the birth of celebrity culture in America. His witticism is legendary and his homosexuality was the cause of unfathomable persecution. 

We salute Oscar Wilde for blazing the way on so many fronts.

From David M. Friedman’s salute at The Huffington Post:

Decades before Norman Mailer, Wilde knew the value of “advertisements for myself.” Decades before Andy Warhol, he saw the beauty in commerce and the importance of image in marketing.

Decades before Kim Kardashian, he grasped that fame could be fabricated in the media. Decades before TMZ or Us Weekly, Oscar Wilde created celebrity culture

The Picture of Dorian Gray. Lithographs and etchings by Jim Dine. Published by London: Petersburg Press, 1968, edition “C” (the preferred deluxe edition), number 33 of 100 copies ill’d by Jim Dine with 12 original color lithographs + the extra suite of 10 additional color prints: 6 signed lithographs (as in edition A) and 4 signed etchings (as in edition B). Buy.

Portrait by Ralph Steadman. Steel plate etching in an edition of only 20 copies, each SIGNED and numbered by Steadman Buy.

SalomeA tragedy in one act. Illustrated by Aubrey Beardsley, Translated and introduced by R. A. Walker. Published by Heinemann. London. 1957,  The first truly complete edition. Illustrated with decorative title & contents pages, an unused cover design, 14 fine full page plates and 1 vignette by Aubrey Beardsley, including two previously unpublished and one published in its un-expurgated version for for the first time. Buy

 House of Pomegranates. Illustrated by Jessie King. Published by London Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1915. Four Fairy Tales which were originally told by Wilde to his children. Buy.

Poems. Published by London: The Chiswick Press for Elkin Matthews & John Lane, 1892. One of 220 copies, signed by Wilde. Bound in 20th-century purple crushed morocco gilt by Sangorski and Sutcliffe. Buy.

Ballad of Reading Gaol by C.3.3. Published by London Leonard Smithers 1898, First edition, one of 800 copies printed on handmade paper. Buy.

"Not even the human
imagination satisfies
the endless emptiness
of the soul."
Allen Ginsberg, in a letter to Jack Kerouac

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Top 100 Jazz Standards Every Jazz Vocalist Should Know

wildabdat:

  1. Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday/Cassandra Wilson)
  2. Summertime (Ella Fitzgerald/Nina Simone)
  3. God Bless the Child (Billie Holiday/Carmen McRae)
  4. What A Wonderful World (Louis Armstrong/Etta Jones)
  5. What A Difference A Day Made (Dinah Washington/Sarah Vaughan)
  6. My Funny Valentine (Sarah Vaughan/Chet Baker)
  7. Mack The Knife (Frank Sinatra/Ella Fitzgerald)
  8. Body and Soul (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
  9. Someone To Watch Over Me (Blossom Dearie/Ella Fitzgerald)
  10. You’ve Changed (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
  11. Lullabye of Birdland (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)
  12. Fine and Mellow (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
  13. Fever (Peggy Lee/Michael Buble)
  14. The End of A Love Affair (Billie Holiday/Chaka Khan)
  15. How High The Moon (Ella Fitzgerald/June Christy)
  16. Don’t Explain (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)
  17. Oh Lady, Be Good! (Ella Fitzgerald/Mel Torme)
  18. You Don’t Know What Love Is (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)
  19. Teach Me Tonight (Dinah Washington/Al Jarreau)
  20. Stormy Weather (Lena Horne/Dinah Washington)
  21. Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) (Eartha Kitt/Billie Holiday)
  22. They Can’t Take That Away From Me (Ella Fitzgerald/Frank Sinatra)
  23. The Very Thought of You (Billie Holiday/ Nat King Cole)
  24. East of the Sun (West of the Moon) (Lee Wiley/Diana Krall)
  25. I Loves You Porgy (Nina Simone/Billie Holiday)
  26. Black Coffee (Peggy Lee/Sarah Vaughan)
  27. (Corcovado) Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars (Sarah Vaughan/Astrud Gilberto)
  28. What A Little Moonlight Can Do (Billie Holiday/Betty Carter)
  29. Night and Day (Billie Holiday/Mel Torme)
  30. It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing (Ernestine Anderson/Tony Bennet)
  31. Willow Weep For Me (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)
  32. I’ve Got You Under My Skin (Dinah Washington/Frank Sinatra)
  33. Prelude To A Kiss (Sarah Vaughan/June Christy)
  34. Tenderly (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Sarah Vaughan)
  35. Like Someone In Love (Sarah Vaughan/Chet Baker)
  36. Misty (Sarah Vaughan/Billy Eckstine)
  37. Unforgettable (Nat King Cole & Natalie Cole/Johnny Hartman)
  38. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Billie Holiday/Chet Baker)
  39. Fly Me To The Moon Frank Sinatra/Astrud Gilberto)
  40. Peel Me A Grape (Anita O’Day/Diana Krall)
  41. Georgia On My Mind (Ray Charles/Shirley Horn)
  42. Girl from Impanema (Astrud Gilberto & Antonio Carlos Jobim/Eartha Kitt)
  43. My Man’s Gone Now (Sarah Vaughan/Nina Simone)
  44. But Beautiful (Billie Holiday/Carmen McRae)
  45. Autumn Leaves (Sarah Vaughan/Eva Cassiday)
  46. But Not For Me (Billie Holiday/Chris Connor)
  47. Easy Living (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
  48. Solitude (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
  49. A Night In Tunisia (Ella Fitzgerald/Lamberts, Hendrick, & Ross)
  50. Love Me or Leave Me (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)
  51. Blue Skies (Ella Fitzgerald/Dinah Washington)
  52. My Favorite Things (Sarah Vaughan/Tony Bennett)
  53. Stardust (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)
  54. You Belong To Me (Ella Fitzgerald/Jo Stafford)
  55. Agua De Beber (Water To Drink) (Astrud Gilberto/Frank Sinatra)
  56. Embraceable You (Sarah Vaughan/Etta James)
  57. If I Were A Bell (Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerald)
  58. Love Letters (Diana Krall/Nat King Cole)
  59. Skylark (Susannah McCorkle/Ernestine Anderson)
  60. Cheek To Cheek (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Sarah Vaughan)
  61. Something Cool (June Christy/Carol Sloane)
  62. Good Morning Heartache (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
  63. Sophisticated Lady (Ella Fitzgerald/Billy Eckstine)
  64. Poor Butterfly (Sarah Vaughan/Helen Merril)
  65. 'Deed I Do (Lee Wiley/Diana Krall)
  66. Time After Time (Chet Baker/Ernestine Anderson)
  67. Cry Me A River (Dinah Washington/Etta James)
  68. I Only Have Eyes For You (Mark Murphy/Frank Sinatra)
  69. April In Paris (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong)
  70. Cloudburst (Lambert, Hendricks, & Ross/Jon Hendricks)
  71. Dedicated To You (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)
  72. My Man (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
  73. Manhattan (Blossom Dearie/Stacy Kent)
  74. Twisted (Annie Ross/Manhattan Transfer)
  75. A Fine Romance (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday)
  76. You Go To My Head (Billie Holiday Frank Sinatra)
  77. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off (Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong/Billie Holiday)
  78. You Better Go Now (Jeri Southern/Billie Holiday)
  79. 'S Wonderful (Sarah Vaughan/Ella Fitzgerald)
  80. Speak Low (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
  81. A Tisket A Tasket (Ella Fitzgerald/Mildred Bailey)
  82. All Of Me (Billie Holiday/Sarah Vaughan)
  83. Straighten Up and Fly Right (Nat King Cole/Natalie Cole)
  84. Them There Eyes (Billie Holiday/Ella Fitzgerald)
  85. Tell Me More, And More, And Then Some (Billie Holiday/Nina Simone)
  86. You’ll Have To Swing It (Mr Paganini) (Ella Fitzgerald/Dee Dee Bridgewater)
  87. In A Mellow Tone (Ella Fitzgerald/Johnny Mathis)
  88. Our Love Is Here To Stay (Dinah Washington/Ella Fitzgerlad)
  89. Violets For Your Furs (Billie Holiday/Frank Sinatra)
  90. I Cover The Waterfront (Billie Holiday/Dinah Washington)
  91. This Bitter Earth (Dinah Washington/Etta James)
  92. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To (Helen Merril/Ella Fitzgerald)
  93. Take the “A” Train (Betty Roche/Anita O’Day)
  94. I Walk A Little Faster (Blossom Dearie/Tony Bennet)
  95. I Could Write A Book (Dinah Washington/Betty Carter)
  96. I’ll Get By ( As Long As I Have You ) (Billie Holiday/ Peggy Lee)
  97. Once Upon A Summertime (Blossom Dearie/Astrud Gilberto)
  98. That Old Feeling (Chet Baker/Billy Eckstine)
  99. Rockin’ Chair (Mildred Bailey/Peggy Lee)
  100. The Waters of March (Agua De Marco) (Susannah McCorkle/Mark Murphy)
Sunday, September 21, 2014
secretempires:

Happy 80th Birthday to Leonard Cohen.
Art proves that you can feel like you are close friends with someone you have never met. And I consider Leonard Cohen to be a very significant, longtime friend of mine.
Thank you, Mr. Cohen, for understanding 4 in the morning like few have.
TS

secretempires:

Happy 80th Birthday to Leonard Cohen.

Art proves that you can feel like you are close friends with someone you have never met. And I consider Leonard Cohen to be a very significant, longtime friend of mine.

Thank you, Mr. Cohen, for understanding 4 in the morning like few have.

TS

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Monday, September 8, 2014
"If Only You Were Lonely" by The Replacements

clarkconnelly:

fuckyeahthereplacements:

going-to-scranton:

The Replacements - If Only You Were Lonely

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Sunday, September 7, 2014

Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg with Rajat Neogy,  New York City, 1968.  Neogy was editor and founder of Transition Magazine. c. Bill Anderson

Peter Orlovsky, Allen Ginsberg with Rajat Neogy,  New York City, 1968.  Neogy was editor and founder of Transition Magazine. c. Bill Anderson

Saturday, September 6, 2014
islandinspace:

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins & Serge Gainsbourg on the street in France.

islandinspace:

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins & Serge Gainsbourg on the street in France.

benjamjn:

affectedline:

hellbunnyshutch:

Reblogging because this actually is a thing that should concern more people. 

^^^^

if bees dies out, mankind may only have about four years left on earth

romini:

Dave Davies of the Kinks with his Harmony Meteor - 1962

romini:

Dave Davies of the Kinks with his Harmony Meteor - 1962

Wednesday, September 3, 2014
"Greetings from Seattle, Washington! Hope all is well with you! I’ve been on the road for seven a half weeks now. It’s been a wild & wonderful, life-changing journey that I’ll be so sad to see come to its end within a week or so. I’ve met so many beautiful people on this trip, as well as some rather rotten ones, but it’s all part of the adventure. I have enough stories to last a lifetime, Places that I’ve spent some time so far - Charlotte, Atlanta, Tallahassee, Englewood FL, Tampa, New Orleans, El Paso, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Boulder, Las Vegas, Hollywood, Venice Beach, Victorville CA, Santa Barbara, Pismo Beach, Salinas, Lompoc CA, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle. I particularly loved New Orleans, Santa Fe, Santa Barbara, and I’m quite diggin’ Seattle thus far. The road has become my home - having been gone almost two months, drifting from city to city has become what’s normal for me, and it will be hard to adjust to being stationary. Time to start planning for the next one. I’d write much more & certainly more eloquently but the ol’ brain is rather limited today after a night of poor sleep.
See you soon!"

My email to a friend 

April 12, 2012

from a hostel in Seattle

Tuesday, September 2, 2014
"Live with me on Earth among red berries and the bluebirds
And leafy young twigs whispering
Within such little spaces, between such floors of green, such
figures in the clouds
That two of us could fill our lives with delicate wanting:

Where stars past the spruce copse mingle with fireflies
Or the dayscape flings a thousand tones of light back at the sun—
Be any one of the colours of an Earth lover;
Walk with me and sometimes cover your shadow with mine."
Milton Acorn, “Live With Me On Earth Under the Invisible Daylight Moon,” Dig Up My Heart: Selected Poems 1952-83 (McClelland and Stewart, 1983)
 
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