Tuesday Misc and Stuff

  1.  Tony Zhou on Tampopo in The Amateur and the Craftsperson. From Michael Chabon, “amateurs are people who combine obsessive scholarship, passionate curiosity, curatorial tenderness, and an irrepressible desire to join in.”
  2. Tout-à-Coup Jazz was a musical group formed in Burkina Faso in the 1970s. In French, tout à coup is an adverb meaning “suddenly” or “out of the blue”. The band included Captain Thomas Sankara on guitar and his close friend, Captain Blaise Compaoré, on the microphone. In 1983, Compaoré led a military coup against Major Jean-Baptiste Ouédraogo, placing his friend Sankara as President… On 15 October 1987, Sankara was killed in a military coup orchestrated by Blaise Compaoré, who succeeded him as President. Affected by Sankara’s death, [Fela Kuti] wrote “Underground System” as a musical tribute to the only African leader to embrace him and his music.

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