Archive for May, 2008

New Amerykah

22May08

To my old fogey ears, Erykah Badu is a fine example of an artist whose songcraft has been depleted by CD era bloat and contemporary ideas about how an album is put together.¬† An excellent songwriter whose first two albums are the peak moments of¬†contemporary R&B, her soundscapes on 2003’s Worldwide Underground and the new […]


The setting is Chico, California, a college town 80 miles north of Sacramento in the least populous part of the state. The occasion is the annual meeting of the California Geographical Society, at which my wife is giving the keynote address. Nora and I are in town for no special reason — both Ruth and […]