During the three months I absented from Red Room, the brilliant poet-musician Gil Scott-Heron passed away from, as far as I'm aware, still "unknown casues." (Anyone, who read Alec Wilkinson's excellent and devestantingly heart-breaking profile of Scott-Heron in The New Yorker a year or two ago, may have some idea as to what these "causes" may have been.) My scanning of the blogs I missed while I was away, indicates the death was memorialized once (thank you, Arlene Goldbard), which was only two less frequently than the statue erected to former middleweight champion Joey Giardello by my hometown's City Fathers. Anyway, for those of you who might wish to sample Scott-Heron's work, here is a link provided by jazzonthetube.com. (Unfortunately, the version of "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is abridged.):
Causes Bob Levin Supports
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, ACLU, PEN, Berkeley Emergency Food & Housing Project.