Blues, jazz and bebop guitarist Charlie Christian was born on this day 99 years ago. Here he is with Lester Young and Buck Clayton performing “Good Enough To Keep” in 1939.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.