LAFAYETTE AVENUE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The church is on Lafayette Avenue. It's two blocks from 25 South Portland, where we lived during the seventies. I learned how to play pool, piano and guitar at this church. I met my first crush there and was yelled at by enormous pastor for liking music more than religion. He wasn't wrong. (Photo by Nikola Tamindzic.)

A REDUCTIVE THEORY OF WRITING

Writers tend to fall into three groups: one, two, or more. This means, at root, they write about one one person, the interaction between two people, or describe big narratives with a large cast of characters. 

ONE: Franz Kafka, Ottessa Moshfegh, Lydia Davis

TWO: Mary Gaitskill, Norman Rush, Zadie Smith

MORE: Anton Chekhov, Jonathan Franzen, Margaret Atwood

PEARLS BEFORE

I saw Pearl Harbor and The Explosions open for someone, maybe The Boomtown Rats. (That doesn't sound right.) I assume people find this kind of music corny. Live television is unusually hard, and I doubt many bands could sound this good in this situation now. Pearl is very good at moving, so dedicated that I can't figure out if she's a total dork or a completely suave kickboxer hero. Maybe being both is the goal.

COUNTING

From Sirius, Coleman Hawkins' last studio session, recorded on December 20, 1966 in New York.

DRIVING AND TALKING

Tom Hardy in "Locke," directed and written by Steven Knight, released in 2013. The director of photography was Haris Zambarloukos. Wish I had found this movie earlier.