Straight, No Chaser

A South Sudanese refugee and the music that cuts his heart to pieces. Thelonious Monk’s North Carolina roots. Music and home. Pieces by Nusaibah Kofar-Naisa and John Biewen.

Photo: The bend in the railroad tracks, about one block from Thelonious Monk’s birthplace in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, that gave the neighborhood its name: “Around The Y.” Photograph by Sam Stephenson and Frank Hunter.

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