Saturday, October 17, 2009

Thelonious Monk, off-balance

August Kleinzahler, in a review of Robin D. G. Kelley’s Thelonious Monk: The Life and Times of an American Original (Free Press):

Always a sharp dresser and stickler for just the right look, he also favored a wide array of unconventional headgear: astrakhan, Japanese skullcap, Stetson, tam-o’-shanter. He had a trickster sense of humor, in life and in music, and he loved keeping people off-balance in both realms. Off-balance was the plane on which Monk existed.
“Monk’s Moods” (New York Times)

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comments: 3

Anonymous said...

Don’t miss the review of Mark Garvey’s new book about Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.

Michael Leddy said...

Thanks, Matt. I’m waiting on a copy to review (and thus practicing “custody of the eyes,” not looking at reviews yet).

I see that we liked the same Monk passage.

Matt Thomas said...

I debated whether to include the Monk book review in my digest, actually. But after seeing your post about it, and the quote you pulled from it, I decided to throw it in.