The NYPD beekeeper vacuums up a swarm of bees on a hot dog stand in Times Square.
Merry Company on a Terrace, by Jan Steen, c. 1670. © The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fletcher Fund, 1958.
Volume X, Number 4 | fall 2017
Hip-hop producer Devo Springsteen was once asked why he had sampled Nina Simone’s 1965 recording of the song “Strange Fruit” instead of Billie Holiday’s 1939 rendition. “Because of the rawness of her voice,” he said. “There is something really black about her voice. And when you are trying to make black music, there’s not a much blacker voice than Nina Simone.”
If one hears bad music, it is one’s duty to drown it by conversation.—Oscar Wilde, 1890
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