Miss Ella Fitzgerald vs. Mack the Knife

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Here you go: Ella forgets the words to “Mack the Knife” halfway through a 1960 performance in Berlin. She makes up her own, and her voice just becomes more and more beautiful. Plus, she’s laughing while she’s singing, and imitating Louis Armstrong, because she can. She makes me happy.

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Captain Bly, supposedly

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Summer, many years ago, a lake near the Boundary Waters. My crew had just mutinied, perhaps because I only liked steering us in circles. I love this picture because I’d cut my own hair, and my father stopped photographing me for the rest of the summer.