One reason we will never return to “life before COVID-19” is the same reason we have never returned to “life before 9/11.” By politicizing these events, we have sought not solutions, but rather agreement and influence — power, in short — and retaliation, and therefore found only anti-terrorism, not peace, a vague hope of containment, not a cure.

RIP Henry Grimes and Giuseppe Logan

Two more victims of COVID-19: Giuseppe Logan and Henry Grimes, both of whom had extended musical trials and disappearances followed by later-life public resurgences. Included in this post are Mr. Logan’s quartet LP from 1965, and Mr. Grimes performing on Marc Ribot’s 2005 Albert Ayler tribute, Spiritual Unity. Both men strike me as characteristically New York improvisers, a bit more introverted than their Chicago-based peers, for example, somehow more aggressive in their spiritual stance.

West 4th St Basketball Courts Manhattan NYC

These photos attempt an impression of the play as opposed to a document of it. I had a wide lens on my camera when I came up out of the subway and rather than over-jockey for a better view, I opted to use the fence as a kind of screen to mediate the action.

I’m not sure when the W4th courts got sponsorship but the Nike banners don’t look new and so much of the village has gone through similar changes that conspicuous branding seems more a cosmetic than a practical shift. That is, there was plenty of basketball on these courts before Nike got there.