Wednesday, August 10 2016
Becca Stevens, a perfect exemplar musician of boundary-less "jazz" in 2016, makes the case for the power and difficulty of art-pop in our age.
Tuesday, August 9 2016
Funded by Kickstarter, this five-disc set preserves and restores the most significant collection of "race films" on DVD and Blu-ray.
Michael Moore calls for humorists everywhere to satirize Donald Trump, but what if our best satire simply cannot (yes, we'll say it) "trump" reality?
Monday, August 8 2016
How a song by Protomartyr keeps taking on new meaning in the age of Donald Trump.
Friday, August 5 2016
Chuck Klosterman’s new book succeeds by failing spectacularly.
Wednesday, August 3 2016
The failure of An Open Secret to connect with a wide audience speaks to the persistence of denial when the perpetrators of child abuse populate the entertainment industry.
Tuesday, August 2 2016
To a post-apocalyptic population, merely explaining scientific and technological facts about our situation won't help. We'll need a guidebook.
Thursday, July 28 2016
There’s a common assumption that a story starring kids is also for kids, and that a kid’s story is inherently less complex, less nuanced, and simply lesser in quality.
Wednesday, July 27 2016
A growing array of writers are challenging previously dominant tropes of misogyny, sexuality, and whiteness; 40 of them can be found here.
Tuesday, July 26 2016
Philosophers at Table declares Cartesian dichotomies the ruin of food, with delicious results.
Friday, July 22 2016
In this world, truth cannot be known in its fullness. We only get distorted images and fragments of the whole.
Thursday, July 21 2016
Richard Herring's Leicester Square Theatre Podcast gives comedians a chance to be honest and the audience a chance to laugh like hell.
Wednesday, July 20 2016
Less work, more pay, more leisure, guaranteed income -- We Want Everything sends a stirring reminder that these are not new demands.
Tuesday, July 19 2016
René Marie, like Gregory Porter, writes songs and creates records that have the soul and story-telling impulse to reach beyond jazz audiences.
Thursday, July 14 2016
Whether new worlds are created with the stroke of a keypad or the waving of a placard, both reflect the human capacity for growth, for reinvention, for hope.
Wednesday, July 13 2016
America's working poor exist in a shadow cast by the harsh light of prosperity. "Working Poor" speaks from those shadows, creates light within that space, and insists on being heard.
Nick Soulsby’s interview book for completists is not meant to entertain -- it's a 500-page death march.
Unlikely Company’s talented ensemble finds both the humor and the melody in adult life, urging us to laugh at our own indulgent banality.
Friday, July 8 2016
Mark Zwonitzer's work offers a searing and sobering exploration of how America’s imperialist century opened: just as brutally as it would end.
Thursday, July 7 2016
Our relationship with fragments of art is one of a desiring proximity predicated upon an unfathomable and necessary distance.