Articles written by: Jim Merod

Jim Merod points to a series of remarkable teachers who deeply influenced his intellectual career: R.P. Blackmur and Walter Kaufman at Princeton; William Arrowsmith and Harold Bloom at Middlebury College; David Halliburton and Bliss Carnochan at Stanford; and A. R. Ammons, his friend and colleague at Cornell. - In addition to his work as a teacher, critic and writer, Jim has been a jazz and blues recording and mastering engineer for more than twenty years. His recording credits include Tito Puente, Joe Lovano, Tommy Flanagan, Sarah Vaughan, Eddie Palmieri, Wynton Marsalis, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Tolu, Los Lobos, Ozomatli, Luciana Souza and many others. Jim is the co-author of legendary composer-saxophonist Benny Golson's autobiography.

At Shakespeare’s Bed
Arts & Culture / The Reading Room / Vol. 1 No. 2

At Shakespeare’s Bed

Among the rubble of our wounded nation the vibrant image of a lyric warrior haunts my fragile solitude, the canopy above his sleep after long years’ scribbling blank as silent centuries since departed. Plays and poems do not heal politics. A writer’s skyward reach, earthly guesswork’s intuition, gathers straw and […]

Styles of Democracy
Convergence / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 2

Styles of Democracy

Increasingly, since the Supreme Court some thirty-plus years ago ruled to allow unlimited funding by private and corporate interests, the United States has steadily moved toward political degeneration and corrupting abuse of democracy’s frameworks. This issue stands at the forefront of any discussion regarding democracy’s present and future reality. I […]

Freedom’s Changing Shape
Business / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 1

Freedom’s Changing Shape

The geopolitical maelstrom’s now broadening danger derives from multiple goads toward isolated self-interest’s entrenched confusion. Fanatical simplifications emerge in response. When heightened political anxiety and jingoistic aggression polarize public discourse, nuance gives way to verbal reductions, petrified options, and emotional mania. Trump’s backdoor entry to the White House exacerbated already-extant […]

Future Grotesque
Business / Convergence / Politics / Vol. 1 No. 1

Future Grotesque

Time’s solemn ache traverses freedom, drunk clowns and thugs seek obliteration. History ends, exculpation starts. Privacy sequestered in virtual weeds, conformity’s patriotic terror, ballooning misery narcotized once more again, always. Exculpatory explication’s naked hope, emboldened pleas, flounder: one by one . . . moon rising, the spirit quelled succumbs.