New Yorker: Linguistic Appreciation of Joni Mitchell

Looking back on my long long life, and how its time/space cycles spiral simultaneously outward and inward to carve ever larger and deepening meaning, I come across this just published essay on 73-year-old Joni Mitchell who was born within months of me, who helped shape our generation’s iconic journey, and whose songs startle memories from those times they were a’changin’.

Dan Chiasson gifts us with this beautifully rendered paean to Joni Mitchell’s  decades-long lyrical rendering of our ensouled life on earth. Delicious phrasing from both author and the author’s subject. How often are we treated to such a refined linguistic aesthetic? Grateful.

Joni Mitchell’s Open-Hearted Heroism



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