Wednesday, September 14 2016
Anonymity turns restaurant critics into some kind of stealthy ninja with a distant or even adversarial stance, and this benefits no one.
Tuesday, September 13 2016
Simone Manuel’s winning a gold medal in this particular Olympic swimming event in this particular summer gave the especially besieged among us a chance to take a break from the siege.
Friday, September 9 2016
It’s difficult to imagine today’s neoliberal universities producing anything remotely like critical theory, or even a school of thought that substantively challenges prevailing intellectual paradigms.
Thursday, September 8 2016
One of Sweden's most outspoken and celebrated rappers returns with an album of eerie hip-hop noir, where the heavy grooves luxuriate in the nebulous fog of despair.
Wednesday, September 7 2016
Boss is a solid book because the firm, understated power of Gillian Gaar’s gutter feminist voice cuts through all that glitters around Springsteen.
Friday, September 2 2016
Today's equivalent to the Paris Commune is a New York in which Zucotti Park did not merely occupy Wall Street but burned it to the ground, hung the bankers, and opened the borders.
Wednesday, August 31 2016
Joel Selvin’s new book digs deep into the seventh circle of rock music’s hell.
Monday, August 29 2016
Beardfish may've broken up, but they left us with one of the most humorous, colorful, intricate, and distinctive discographies in all of progressive rock.
Thursday, August 25 2016
There are more podcasts than you can shake a flash drive at these days. Though the number of 'casts that embrace Americana music is growing, these two stand out.
Friday, August 19 2016
Deeply baroque and shamelessly foreboding, Uladzimir Karatkevich’s King Stakh’s Wild Hunt is a crowning achievement of Belarusian gothic.
Wednesday, August 17 2016
Playing a game in its alpha or beta form is like living in an unfinished house; it's habitable, but some things seem off or don't work or might get better (or worse).
Tuesday, August 16 2016
The Olympic Games have been avid partners with society’s reactionaries: patriarchal men, white colonial elites, fascist politicians, and now neoliberal corporations.
Friday, August 12 2016
Let's not be afraid to entrust more chefs with curating our meals.
Thursday, August 11 2016
If the most constructive thing one can offer after a national tragedy is prayer, perhaps one's calling is the ministry and not politics.
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.