Friday, April 7 2017
What a Brazilian football player who taught a nation how to fight dictatorship can teach us in the Age of Trump.
Wednesday, April 5 2017
A jump blues song that sold over a million copies was nowhere on my sonic horizon until I discovered it in a dusty box at the back of a thrift store.
Tuesday, April 4 2017
The researchers behind BBC's QI emerge from behind the scenes to inform, entertain and tease via their award-winning podcast, No Such Thing As a Fish.
Monday, April 3 2017
"Love" makes me wonder if we've misheard Del Rey's use of nostalgia, mistaking it for the rose-colored (and heart-shaped) variety when instead it produces a fog.
Wednesday, March 29 2017
Jordan Flaherty's No More Heroes argues that the greatest danger to progressive movements often comes from within.
Friday, March 24 2017
In the '80s, "The Micros" mixed tradition and avant-garde jazz with impunity and almost got famous doing it. Today they're just playing the blues.
Thursday, March 23 2017
Jason Reid’s Get Out of My Room! takes us inside the private enclaves of the adolescent being, revealing both individual and collective anxieties and expectations.
Wednesday, March 15 2017
Does Humpty Dumpty freak you out more or less than salmonella? Bloomsbury's Object Lessons books offer fodder for daily mindfulness.
Tuesday, March 14 2017
Much in the way the women of Persona and 3 Women assimilate into lives of their objects of affection, the women of Single White Female experience a similar fatal mutualism.
Monday, March 13 2017
Has the US become a country where crime pays? Could the corporate death penalty help rein in America's criminal banks?
Friday, March 10 2017
These cats blew all night and day a new, astonishing page into the jazz lexicon. What they couldn't do was get gigs in jazz clubs.
Thursday, March 9 2017
Turkey has a rich cultural tradition in film, but lax copyright standards and low budgets led to some very bad rip off films that are funnier than ever today.
Friday, March 3 2017
As autocratic leaders slowly take over the First World, popular representations of a Third World coup take on renewed significance.
Min Jin Lee’s novel Pachinko is a multi-generational look at the little-known plight of Koreans living in Japan.
Thursday, March 2 2017
Sinkane’s counterintuitive approach to making (and performing) his music forces his roots to show unabashedly in ways that are almost punkishly defiant.
Tuesday, February 28 2017
A review of Schadenfreude, a Love Story, including some personal observations and self-identification that connect to a memoir with a really long title and lots of German words
Monday, February 27 2017
Where Chance the Rapper injects spirituality into hip-hop, Muslim Cool injects hip-hop into spirituality.
Friday, February 24 2017
Controversies involving A Dog's Purpose, The Birth of a Nation, and Last Tango in Paris reveal that access to more offscreen information can lead to greater accountability.
Friday, February 17 2017
This novel is reminiscent of Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol -- but with a twist.
Monday, February 13 2017
Mario Cuomo once said that candidates campaign in poetry then govern in prose; Trump’s utterances, however, might better be characterized as speaking in tongues.