Archive for August, 2010


Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Paul Mawhinney has the largest record collection in the world. It is worth millions of dollars but that can’t match Mr. Mawhinney’s passion. This bittersweet film by Sean Dunne captures his reckoning with his health and the death of vinyl. It just goes to show, you never know where your heart will go. What will touch you, make you feel connected to this world, inspire your devotion. I have always envied people who could hand themselves over completely. Even if it tilts a little toward obsession.

Desmond Dekker

Monday, August 30th, 2010

Oh how I love this song. The line, “Darling” she said, “I was yours to receive.” is killer. A life time of sorrow, want and loss in one sentence.

Zora Neal Hurston shot this!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Long before Zora Neal Hurston was a novelist she was an anthropologist. This was shot while she did field work in rural Florida. You can see her keen eye. There is footage of Cudjo Lewis the last survivor of the last slave ship to arrive in America, the Clotilde.


A tender pirate moment.

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010



Abbey Lincoln

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

When we were younger we were hungry for, well everything, but most of all music. We saw Abbey Lincoln a bunch of times at Scullers or the Regatta bar. There was one night that was straight magic. You know the kind when the air is warm, all the doors swing open, you love your friends and life so much you might pop. The show was so crowded we were put ON THE STAGE with Abbey Lincoln (in the coolest hat) and the band. I thought our friend Jamie would fall off his chair in a swoon. She was one of a kind.


Friday, August 20th, 2010


This week US troops start pulling out of Iraq (kinda).

Poster by Shigeo Fukuda / source: Design in History

more matchbooks

Thursday, August 19th, 2010


My brother Jim unearthed these beautiful matchbooks while moving a dresser in a place that he volunteers at. I was amazed that he sent them to me without knowing that I’d previously posted on this. I love the blunt simplicity and utility of”Municipal Liquor Store.”


Wednesday, August 18th, 2010

The talented Mr. Hughes tackles big themes every Friday and Saturday at Lowtide at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater. Brendan is a raconteur, wild mind, wicked funny and a good kid. (The highest praise in Dorchester, MA)

Bill Lee’s Back!

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010


Just heard Bill Lee signed to the Brockton Rox at 63 years young! When he pitched for the Red Sox he was the hero of my house. How my parents relished his renegade and kooky ways. Poor Don Zimmer (the Gerbil) was right there with Nixon as far as my family was concerned. He was “the man”, the squasher of free spirits, the bore. Worst of all he we thought him an “explainer”, you know the type, an expert in his own mind. My mom wrote an essay called “Bill Lee a Love Song” and sent it to him. Months later she and my dad saw Lee at the Eliot Lounge and she asked him if he had received it. He said, “Are you kidding! I put it in my scrapbook!” With those words he was cemented forever in the hearts of the Hughes’.

photo from: Spaceman: A Baseball Odyssey

Report from the Gulf

Monday, August 16th, 2010


My super talented and big hearted brother, David Scharfenberg, the news editor at the Providence Phoenix, went to New Orleans to report on the BP Spills effect on the food chain; from the oyster man to the chef and all the people in between. Read his story.