David Masciotra is the author of Working On a Dream: The Progressive Political Vision of Bruce Springsteen (Continuum Books). He is currently writing his second book, Faith That Won't Die, a work of literary journalism about life in the American rust belt. He has written for the Daily Beast, Truthout, Relevant, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is 27 and lives in Indiana. For more information, an article archive, and blog visit www.davidmasciotra.com.
Getting Away with Murder: A Conversation with Gov't Mule's Warren Haynes | 8 Jan 2013 // 9:45 PM
Warren Haynes is a one man weapon of mass destruction. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the 25 greatest guitar players in rock, and he is easily one of the genre’s best signers. We talked about the Gov't Mule's new release -- The Georgia Bootleg Box, his band’s history, and the future of his music.
The Love of Light: Gore Vidal, 1925 - 2012 | 21 Aug 2012 // 6:06 PM
We must approach any consideration of Gore Vidal's vast body of work with fear and trembling, because if we do not properly understand and absorb his wisdom, we will have missed yet another opportunity to truly grasp American history and identity.
We Saw Your Hypocrisy: Seth MacFarlane, Hollywood, and the Liberal Media | 12 Mar 2013 // 6:30 PM
When PC people manufacture controversies such as the uproar over Seth MacFarlane's Oscar humor, they reveal that they are oblivious to how they consistently confirm every unflattering stereotype depicting them as humorless bores.
Queen of Disco: The Legend of Sylvester | 12 Feb 2013 // 5:25 PM
As America moves forward into a new era of equality, it would be only right for music fans to look back on the career of Sylvester with both enthusiasm and regret.
John Condron: ...If Any or At All | 15 Oct 2012 // 6:02 PM
Those who see John Condron perform live will get a firm grasp on the excitement and contemplative growth associated with the era that belonged to folkies carrying guitars through city cafes and small town bars. …If Any or At All is a sonic postcard representing that experience and presenting Condron’s thoughts and talents to anyone willing to take the musical and spiritual ride.
Daryl Hall: Laughing Down Crying | 17 Nov 2011 // 4:00 PM
After a 14-year hiatus from releasing new, original music, Daryl Hall is back to prove himself, yet again, as a songwriter. His new album, Laughing Down Crying, represents all the varied musical styles that live within the artistry of Hall.
The Last Mortician: A New Web Comic Presses Philosophical Questions | 11 Oct 2011 // 12:00 AM
Enrollment Begins: Undressing Promises about Video Games with McLuhan | 6 May 2011 // 4:00 AM
Anyone who would make the claim that video games are the new literature has all of his work in media studies ahead of him.