FARRAGO 7: The Bobster abides: Greil Marcus’ Folk Music: A Bob Dylan Biography In Seven Songs

By Mark Butler.* SOME time in 1970, while I was still pretending to be a student at Macquarie University, I gave a lecture outlining my belief that Bob Dylan would one day be seen as a great poet on the same level as Eliot, Yeats and Auden, at that time my touchstones for poetic greatness. [...]

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Spinning … “Too Bad Jim” by R. L Burnside – a ‘connoisseur of chaos’

Bob Gosford This post is the first in an occasional series looking at music that I’m … Spinning … on my recently acquired turntable. The following text is from the website of Fat Possum Records, where Mississippi Hill Country musician R. L Burnside recorded what for mine was his best work. His 1994 recording Too [...]

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Lawyers, beer and busted boats – Stewart O’Connell remembers the Katherine floods of 1998

A tinnie, chockas with evacuees, stalled in Giles street in the flow of the fourth street river. The force of the river smashed it into a light pole. The light fell just missing the occupants. When the dinghy flipped and everyone went under the festive mood immediately evaporated.

Leave no child ashore – a school trip into the “dark heart of the deepest woods” of Mississippi

"The next challenge will be to reach the White River. A route will have to be scouted through the briars, snake-infested woods and alligator swamps. The explorers will then manually portage all of their gear and canoes from the Arkansas River to the White River, a process that might require one long dirty day."

‘The Big Muddy: An Environmental History of the Mississippi’ … a review

"The Big Muddy" follows centuries of human efforts to conceptualize this landscape of mud as a place with firm barriers between water and land, and then make these conceptions reality. A few examples: early French explorers repeatedly failed to locate the mouth of the Mississippi out of an inability to imagine a vast, multi-channeled delta. Rice, and then indigo, tobacco, and sugar encouraged settlers to drain, divide, and levee the landscape.

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Little Geysers – musings on Willow Island, Mississippi River

There are certain moments on the River that shine more brightly than others. When they happen, they’re sharp like dreams. It’s like the energy of the earth surges, rises from its core, and lights up something very small. Ditches, low fogs, rocks, and other unremarkable things become geysers of this glow.

Vale Rev. H. D. Dennis – builder of Margaret’s Grocery and House of Prayer

Margaret’s Grocery and Market is almost indescribable – it is at once evidence of an incredibly fertile imagination, a religious shrine, a jumble of thoughts and musings on the nature and power of religion and a work of architectural art. More than anything it is a validation of the freedom of expression in the built environment that is so apparent as you drive around the south – you can build just about anything, anywhere and anyhow here.

You call that a flood? THIS is a flood – the Mississippi River in May…

The real story, however, is what this is doing to the Mississippi river basin. Thankfully, we are protected by the best levees in the Valley (northern Delta counties), which did not even fail in 1927 (Cleveland hasn't been flooded by the River since 1903!), so unless there is an earthquake, we should be all right.

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