Airline nightmare; The Good Immigrant; St. James Infirmary
Once a luxury, now a nightmare; Why airline passenger comfort always comes last - Michael's Essay:
Here's an excerpt: "Flying is now an ordeal, a nightmare whose constituent elements are premeditated and orchestrated to frustrate, infuriate, embarrass and humiliate. Delays are common. Lineups are strangulating. You are served snacks you wouldn't feed your cat."
Doyali Islam and the poetry of stillness: If awards are any measure of excellence, Doyali Islam is a very good poet! She is nominated for a slew of them this year, and has just won the League of Canadian Poets' National Broadsheet Contest. A recent fellowship allowed her to explore the relationship between parkour, place and poetry. When she's not writing, Ms. Islam is swinging from bars, running at tall structures, and learning how to fall gracefully.
The Good Immigrant: Good - but with tongue firmly planted in cheek. The Good Immigrant is a book of essays about being anything but white in Brexit's Britain. It came together through crowdfunding, and then blew the lid off the bestseller lists. David Gutnick goes to Bristol to meet Nikesh Shukla, the editor of The Good Immigrant . He also meets some of the young, tough, no-apologies contributors.
The strange odyssey of St. James Infirmary, one of the most enduring, shape-shifting songs of all time: St. James Infirmary has been recorded hundreds of times, by some of the biggest names in the history of music. It sounds as old as the blues itself, and yet, utterly contemporary. It's a lament for a dead lover and a self-aggrandizing funeral fantasy. Many people claim to have written it, but the songwriter most widely credited with writing it didn't even exist.
One woman's journey between atheism and belief: It turns out there are evangelicals on both sides of the God divide. Those who thunder about the absolute truth of God's existence. And those who are absolute in their atheism. Candice Debi has lived her life between the poles. And then something happened that made her think about it all in a new way. Her essay is called, "Dad's Church".
Your reaction to: Michael's interview with Preston Manning, and to his essay about clichés with an athletic bent -- (for example, reaching out, stepping up and drilling down.)
Music this week by: Irving Berlin, Oscar Peterson, the Misses Satchmo, J.S. Bach, Jeanne Lamon and the Tafelmusik Orchestra, Louis Armstrong, Cab Calloway, Van Morrison, Rickie Lee Jones, Hugh Laurie and Cass Wilson.