IN THE MIX EDUCATION, MUSIC, AND CULTURE
THIS WEEK'S MUST-READ
"I love my big sister so much. She's also the most nerve-wracking bitch on the planet." The writer and poet Mary Karr—known for her bestselling memoir, The Liar's Club—gazes out at the audience without so much as blinking as she flays her relatives live onstage at Berkeley's Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse.
Most of her revelations will be like this one—at the same time caring and raw, usually darkly funny. She shares the stage with Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell, her cowriter on the new album Kin. Crowell teamed up with Karr after reading The Liar's Club. "We realized there was a little thread," Karr explains. "Songs that mostly involve the people you wanna drag behind your car—your family."
Both artists have written about their upbringings before, and stringing together their bony memories, the pair has created songs that are tender, bluesy, and full of phrases and fragments from East Texas, where both were raised. Read more about their musical reflections on family here. [READ MORE]
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