Articles tagged essays, travel, memoirs, photography, criticism

Skins & Punks by Gavin Watson

There’s a sense of probity that accompanies the photo taken in 1989 after Watson and his friends take ecstasy and go to their first rave.

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20 shows in 20 Days: More Than Just a Live Music Experiment

A music fan puts his love for live music to the test.

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Does Video Game Criticism Need a Lester Bangs?

Part of the reason Lester Bangs was a great rock critic was because he reflected the virtues and vices of his medium. Yet as a critic Bangs provided a lot of personal standards that could be easily applied to multiple mediums.

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Eat, Memory by Amanda Hesser

When Heidi Julavits shares her longing for "a trashy American sweet" while teaching English in Japan, I recall how my teeth literally ached for crusty bread during six rice-ridden months in China.

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18 Nov 2008 // 8:59 PM

The Way We Will Be 50 Years from Today, by Mike Wallace

As it becomes clear, 'we' means middle class and broadly conservative Americans; and by 'the world' Wallace evidently means the United World of America.

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Growing Up Asian in Australia by Alice Pung

Anyone who has been bullied or excluded or felt that their family is weird will identify with many of these stories.

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22 May 2008 // 9:00 PM

Is it wrong to be a little bit uneasy about the use of Metacritic as part of the criteria with which to cleanse Xbox Live?

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20 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Rightward Bound by Bruce J. Schulman, Julian E. Zelizer (Editors)

Jacobs writes that the [1973-74 energy] crisis ultimately taught “conservative reformers a valuable lesson: fighting liberalism is hard”.

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National Gallery exhibit focuses on early photographic technique

“92nd Gordon Highlanders at Edinburgh Castle” (1846) WASHINGTON - How much would you pay for a photographic print of a special foreign destination? Ten dollars, maybe $20?

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25 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

Living Blue in the Red States by David Starkey

The best of these essays acknowledge the false dichotomy of red and blue, confront personal biases, and outline the disillusionment of the left at both the right and itself.

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Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts by Clive James

At times his assumption of equal intelligence with the reader is flattering and laughable.

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30 Oct 2007 // 3:17 AM

TRAVELOGUE: From boot-scootin’ to bats in Austin, Texas

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas is a perennial power in the annual listing of the nation’s top party schools, and seemingly every one

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22 Oct 2007 // 1:52 AM

New York is awash in photojournalism—but is it art?

NEW YORK—The panoramic photograph of a bootless soldier, sprawled almost gracefully in death in Afghanistan, might have made readers pause for a moment if

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18 Oct 2007 // 12:17 AM

TRAVELOGUE: New views from ancient Bulgaria

VELIKO TÂRNOVO, Bulgaria—Here in Bulgaria’s former royal capital, even a budget traveler can live like a king. Let’s start with the

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(Not That You Asked) by Steve Almond

Steve Almond is a typical American guy (well, perhaps aside from caring about books and the fate of the human race, anyway).

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31 Aug 2007 // 1:24 AM

TRAVELOGUE: In Nicaragua, volcanoes and colonial cities

LEON, Nicaragua—With a grin and quick pace, guide Rigo Sampson led a small group of hikers up a steep trail to the top of

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20 Aug 2007 // 7:42 AM

TRAVELOGUE: Cruise explores a harsh universe of thinning ice

DISKO BAY, Greenland—It’s well past midnight, but the sun is still gleaming just behind jagged peaks, washing the sky with a rosy shimmer.

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17 Aug 2007 // 2:15 AM

Passion for music echoes through Moroccan city

FEZ, Morocco—The taxi hurtled through the ancient, labyrinthine streets around Fez’s old city, and we had no idea where to tell the driver

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16 Aug 2007 // 1:57 AM

TRAVELOGUE: A decade after Diana

She’ll always be 36. Beautiful. Stylish. Wistful eyes, but sparkling smile. The center of a dysfunctional royal fairy tale with a surprise grisly ending. It

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Confronting the New Conservatism by Michael J. Thompson [Editor]

It makes for worthy if sometimes scary reading as the United States slouches toward the 2008 election.

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