Thursday, September 3 2015
Award-winning fiction writer Jack Livings discusses his new book, The Dog, and the importance of writing with moral purpose.
Wednesday, September 2 2015
Hillary Clinton may be the Democratic establishment's favorite, but on the Internet, social media users are feelin' the Bern.
Monday, August 31 2015
Black music's spiritual aspect may be a given, but two new books, A City Called Heaven and Spirits Rejoice! go deep into explaining how that actually happens.
Friday, August 28 2015
With Love, Fear and the Time Machine, arriving next month, it's worth discussing why these five tracks make Polish quartet Riverside one of the best modern prog rock bands.
Thursday, August 27 2015
Few comedians have aimed for the mind over the funny bone (while still reaching both) quite like George Carlin has.
Wednesday, August 26 2015
John Moreland sings tales that crawl through the soil, hiss in the night, and burrow themselves into the heartpocket of listeners.
Tuesday, August 25 2015
Scholar Jason C. Bivins thinks through more difficult aspects of the relationships between jazz and American religions, while at the same time examining the permeability of both.
Monday, August 24 2015
How well can one digest murdertainment's darkest elements?
Friday, August 21 2015
Multiple versions of the classic story The World of Suzie Wong offer different takes on a social phenomenon, but can any of them escape the biases of their authors?
Thursday, August 20 2015
The arcade snatched video games from the rarefied spaces of industry and academia, making playing video games into a truly populist pastime.
Wednesday, August 19 2015
Recent televisions shows are focusing attention on the plight of the spouses of gay men and lesbians. But is it enough to make their lives less traumatic?
Tuesday, August 18 2015
The periodical anthology, or comics magazine, allows for a variety of experiments with form that may not otherwise fit into conventional publishing models in the US.
Monday, August 17 2015
24 began sugared-up on gooey clichés of liberty and freedom -- and ended in hypoglycemic shock. Would a new series be worse for our health?
Thursday, August 13 2015
Recent work from a group of young musicians, beautifully represented by the new Supreme Sonacy from Revive Music, makes it cool again to put out jazz that wants to be popular.
Wednesday, August 12 2015
While this show is as funny now as it was when it first aired 20 years ago, the passing of time has given it even greater cultural meaning.
Tuesday, August 11 2015
Kristen Wiig’s genius is that she can generate humor and pathos from the same source, her characters’ pain.
Monday, August 10 2015
Both rockists and poptimists treat music as not much more than a social commodity, a consumerized product within the spectacle of American capitalism.
Friday, August 7 2015
Doris Monteiro, Brazil's "Queen of Radio", offered in 1976 what was perhaps her finest musical declaration with Agora, a now obscure and luxurious treasure of Brazilian pop-delights.
Thursday, August 6 2015
America claimed the atomic bomb ended World War II and saved American lives. Journalist and historian Paul Ham calls that “a pack of lies”.
Wednesday, August 5 2015
Minstrel in the Gallery seems as autobiographical as any Jethro Tull album, before or after, and there is a vulnerability and sensitivity that the songwriter was simply growing into.