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by Imran Khan

23 Feb 2017

The stories in  this collection are circular, puzzling; they often end as cruelly as they do quietly, the characters and their journeys extinguished with poisonous calm.

Subtly violent, at times quite bizarre, Alfred Döblin’s stories of romantic futurism reinforce fairly everything that one has come to assume about German literature. The author, most known and best-loved for his modernist masterpiece, Berlin Alexanderplatz, a darkly epic tale of a convicted man’s struggle with the criminal underworld, is celebrated today as one Germany’s most important figures of the European literati. His stories are often Faustian, disturbing probes into the darker recesses of the psyche which turn up many unpleasant truths.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Feb 2017

Little Dragon knows  how to take things much further than this.

Paul Carr: The first release since Nabuma Rubberband sees the band kick back with a deceptively simple ode to the pleasures of getting stoned. It’s a suitably woozy atmospheric track featuring crisp, undulating synths and lolling, drowsy beats. It’s a very polished sound with unhurried, whispering vocals that give the song a certain ‘80s vibe. The whole thing is allowed to drift and swirl, like clouds of smoke as they drift into the night sky. [7/10]

by PopMatters Staff

22 Feb 2017

Win a Season  Pass to VH1's new '90s hip-hop series, The Breaks.

VH1’s new series The Breaks is on Monday nights with its exciting take on the ‘90s hip-hop world in New York. We are giving our readers a chance to win a Season Pass to this amazing show based on the 2016 successful TV-movie.

by PopMatters Staff

22 Feb 2017

Anderson Paak finds  the perfect sweet spot between his crisp, fresh verses and his soulful croon to create a super-slinky, late night tune.

Paul Carr: The collaboration between experimental hip-hop producer, Knxwledge and alternative R&B’s shining light, Anderson Paak, reaches its peak on this ultra smooth, neo-soul hit. Knxledge sprinkles his deep, soulful beats with just enough funk to keep the toes tapping and the head bobbing. Meanwhile, Paak finds the perfect sweet spot between his crisp, fresh verses and his soulful croon to create a super-slinky, late night tune. [8/10]

by G. Christopher Williams

22 Feb 2017

There's no one  better than a barbarian to teach you how to become civilized.

I’m not a big fan of Minecraft.

Admittedly, I haven’t played the game since it was still available in its beta state as a browser game. However, this is not to say that I begrudge anyone else’s love of the game. I realize that it is very, very clearly a lot of other people’s type of game, though, not my own. Playing Minecraft just taught me something about the kinds of games that I do like to play (which I wrote about at the time, see, ”I Don’t Know How to Play”, for example), more civilized and structured ones.

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"The stories in this collection are circular, puzzling; they often end as cruelly as they do quietly, the characters and their journeys extinguished with poisonous calm.

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