The Wonderful World of Bill Barol
I recently learned that Boing Boing reader Bill Barol is one hell of a good writer. I love the Esquivel obit he wrote for Slate and everything else listed on his site, too.
Because he was rediscovered in the lounge-music boom of the mid-’90s, Esquivel tends to get lumped in with band leaders like Martin Denny and Les Baxter, whose claims to exotica were more strenuous and less interesting. But Esquivel is to Denny or Baxter as Tex Avery is to Walt Disney�a wild man standing next to a deacon.