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This week on the DailyAdam Shatz listens to Free Palestine, a suite of compositions for the oud that gives the lie to an old but powerful idea that Western and Arabic music can never be in dialogue; Albert Mobilio dives into that robust, rarefied form, the artist’s book; Peter Wortsman feels some mixed emotions in Vienna, where, eighty years ago, his parents fled the German army; and Philippa Snow ruminates on the thin line between mothers and monsters.

 

We also listened to a bunch of Allman Brothers tunes with our mailman. And we remembered the good old days, when teens could time travel in Porta-Potties.

 

As always, thanks for reading, and see you next week.

 

—Dan Piepenbring, Web Editor

 
 
A World of Shared Ecstasy
 

A World of Shared Ecstasy

 

John King’s Free Palestine looks beyond the cruel impasse of politics into a possible future, as only music can.

 
The Bookness of Not-Books
 

The Bookness of Not-Books


“These are books and pages intended to be seen but not necessarily read.”

 
Madame Bovary
 

From Vienna with Love (and Other Mixed Emotions)

 

"What is a city but a confluence of portable destinies, a great chorus of rapture and dismay.”

 
Bryan Washington
 
Mother Monster


“Mothers are people, too; people, fallible and fearful, sometimes act like beasts.”

This Week’s Staff Picks

 

Ali Smith, Ray Johnson, Il Boom, and more.

 
 
 
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