January 3, 2020

December 31, 1959

Natalie Weiner’s 1959 Project has ended.

This is the crux of the whole thing: Who gets to be important? Why is jazz niche — still more often understood as a lusty cliche than an actual artistic movement — and not at the center of our understanding of 20th Century American intellectual and creative life? Racism, obviously.

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