Michael E. Ross writes frequently on the arts, race matters, politics and American culture. He has worked as a reporter, critic and editor at various news organizations, including The New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News and msnbc.com. He blogs on politics and media at Short Sharp Shock. American Bandwidth, a book of essays and blog posts spanning the 2004 presidential election and the dawn of the Obama administration, was published by Authorhouse in October 2009.
'Easy Rider': Dennis Hopper Explains America | 31 May 2010 // 5:00 PM
Anticipating everything from the Kent State killings to the Branch Davidian siege, Easy Rider distills just how deeply freedom and authority are fundamentally antagonists in America. Sadly, especially in America.
Reinventing Don Imus: Anatomy of an Excuse | 1 Dec 2009 // 4:00 PM
Imus traffics in the tropes of hip-hop and black culture in general on an occasional, selective basis -- a cafeteria approach to cultural exploration as obvious as it is insincere.
Disintegration: The Splintering of Black America | 14 Feb 2011 // 4:00 PM
While Disintegration contains its share of frank, bracing, straight talk that dispels long-held notions about black Americans, one of Eugene Robinson’s underlying assumptions — that America persists in seeing black people as an experiential monolith — is not the defining absolute it used to be.
'Life': Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stone | 23 Nov 2010 // 4:00 PM
Because Keith Richards lived the book he’s written, he’s written a book that lives on.
Mr. Sanders' Blows to Washington in 'The Speech' | 24 May 2011 // 3:04 AM
Sen. Bernie Sanders — the longest-serving Independent member in Congress — speaks as someone liberated from reflexive salutes to either the Democratic or Republican parties. His status as an Independent thinker is clear in his willingness to go upside the heads of Democrats and Republicans alike.
Days and Nights in the Life of the Beatles Captured in 'The Lost Beatles Photographs' | 18 Apr 2011 // 1:07 AM
The Lost Beatles Photographs documents the sunrise of four protean talents we can’t quite let go of yet, from an era whose innocence was as short-lived as it was unlikely to happen in the first place.
"Like a Rolling Stone" Revisited | 6 Oct 2010 // 3:00 AM
“Like a Rolling Stone” perfectly embodies the heads-is-tails uncertainty of modern life, now and in long-ago 1965. More than just lyrically articulating the rock and roll mindset of liberation and risk, it contains the multitudes, distilling the collective experience of millions of lives caught, then and now, in the crossfire hurricane of modern life.