After January’s frenzy, with its return to the rhythms of life and work, February promises a simple return to normalcy. Temporary temperance advocates forsake Dry January, turning back to the comforts of a stiff drink on a cold night. Shortsighted New Year’s resolutions fall to the wayside. Premature whispers of summer travel plans are murmured over hot toddies in bars with steamed-up windows.
For those seeking respite from winter’s gloom, this month’s edition of Miscellaneous — Athletics’ no-frills round-up of the cultural items that inspire us each month — includes plenty to fan the inextinguishable muse. From a new exhibition of Robert Mapplethorpe photographs at the Guggenheim, to a collection of forgotten rock from 1970s Zambia, to RaMell Ross’s hypnotic documentary poeticizing modern black life in the Deep South, Hale County This Morning, This Evening, February’s Miscellaneous will take you to warmer pastures while the mercury drops.
Stay tuned for more editions of Miscellaneous in the coming months.
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Mezzanine — Nicholson Baker (1988)
On Bothies — Steven Hiltner for NYT (2019)
Selling Vintage Records in Tokyo — Aaron Gilbreath (2015)
“A chimney, breathing a little smoke.
The sun, I can’t see
making a bit of pink
I can’t quite see in the blue.”
— From “February” by James Schuyler (1993)
Cover: Still from Hale County This Morning, This Evening