Michael Leddy

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Location United States
Introduction “Orange Crate Art” is a song by Van Dyke Parks and the title of a 1995 album by Van Dyke Parks and Brian Wilson. It is, to my mind, one of the great American songs: “Orange crate art was a place to start.” Comments are welcome, appended to posts or by e-mail.
Interests blues, democracy, fountain pens, garlic, Getting Things Done, grammar, guitar, index cards, ink, jazz, language, memory, metaphor, misspellings, modern American poetry, notebooks, old Brooklyn, paper, pencils, punctuation, red wine, words, writing
Favorite Movies American Splendor, The Apartment, The Asphalt Jungle, The Best Years of Our Lives, Carnival of Souls, City Lights, The Long Day Closes, Lost in Translation, Marty, Moonlight, My Dinner with André, Mystery Train, The Night of the Hunter, Pain and Glory, Parallel Mothers, Shadow of a Doubt, Sideways, Smoke, Sullivan's Travels, Sunset Boulevard, Vertigo, Waiting for Guffman, Y tu mamá también
Favorite Music Art Ensemble of Chicago, Louis Armstrong, J.S. Bach, Mildred Bailey, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Bix Beiderbecke, Blind Blake, Canned Heat, Betty Carter, Yamandu Costa, Dominguinhos, Duke Ellington, Elaine Fine, Glenn Gould, Earl Hines, Billie Holiday, John Lee Hooker, Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, The Kinks, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Eddie Lang, The Left Banke, Charles Mingus, Thelonious Monk, Anita O’Day, Van Dyke Parks, Francis Poulenc, Frank Sinatra, Sufjan Stevens, Art Tatum, Joe Venuti, Fats Waller, Ben Webster, Brian Wilson, Jackie Wilson
Favorite Books Guillaume Apollinaire, John Ashbery, Ted Berrigan, Jorge Luis Borges, Willa Cather, Emily Dickinson, William Faulkner, Clifford Hicks, Homer, James Joyce, Franz Kafka, Kenneth Koch, Steven Millhauser, Joseph Mitchell, Vladimir Nabokov, Lorine Niedecker, Frank O'Hara, Ron Padgett, Marcel Proust, Sappho, David Schubert, James Schuyler, W.G. Sebald, David Foster Wallace, Robert Walser, William Carlos Williams, Stefan Zweig