Jon Moskowitz


What Is a Jewish Father?

By Jon Moskowitz

This Father’s Day will be my second, and I’m feeling a bit conflicted. Last year was wonderful. My son was just four months old, and I shone with that new-parent glow. Strangers were approaching me in the street and cooing over him, and my friends were treating me with a new respect. Father’s Day felt like a national celebration of me.A yearRead More


Holy Folk

By Jon Moskowitz

Woody Guthrie is an icon of folk music and progressive politics, and in the years since his 1967 death, he has also become something of a cliché. But the simplified view of the Oklahoma-born singer — the earnest folkie who rode the rails and sang truth to power — was challenged by the 1998 release of “MermaidRead More


‘One of the Nicer Guys’: Jazz Legend Riffs on Life

By Jon Moskowitz

Myself Among Others: A Life in Music By George Wein with Nate Chinen Da Capo Press, 448 pages, $27.50. * * *In the early 1960s, Newport Jazz Festival promoter George Wein tried to become Duke Ellington’s manager. Ellington rebuffed him with trademark grace: Wein, he said, was “one of the nicer guys,” and Ellington wanted someoneRead More



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