Thursday, October 8 2015
It's hard to imagine an American band that's more inventive, death-defying and affable as Los Lobos. A new book and record reveal why.
Wednesday, October 7 2015
The Moon Sliver is a jigsaw puzzle constructed from jigsaw puzzles.
Tuesday, October 6 2015
Alison Bechdel's Fun Home isn't the first lesbian themed work of art to garner acclaim and controversy; 90 years ago, The Captive set the precedent.
Monday, October 5 2015
I first loved and admired Sarah Records not because it had begun, but because it had ended. It seemed to me ending things took much more courage, strength and self-discipline than beginning them.
Friday, October 2 2015
The extent of US involvement in undermining Middle Eastern democracy is gradually coming to light, and being told through a variety of genres.
Thursday, October 1 2015
It's challenging enough to write good comedy. It's nearly impossible to do so burdened with an agenda, even one as innocuous as featuring a "likeable atheist" as the protagonist.
Wednesday, September 30 2015
This may be the year that sexist music festival organizers have finally met their match.
Tuesday, September 29 2015
Hugh Fleetwood's story of murder and guilt evades the clear resolutions of mystery-narratives, opting for a disturbing disquisition on human enigma.
Monday, September 28 2015
In the late ‘90s there was an explosion of politicized art – film, video, and performance art – by trans artists. What we're seeing in literature today is a move to a much broader scale.
Friday, September 25 2015
What does the French version of Netflix look like? How much gratuitous nudity can you expect to find in the French Netflix catalogue? Isn’t “French movie” code for “mild erotica”, anyway?
Monday, September 21 2015
With the apparently inevitable closure of BBC Three, comedy lovers will mourn the loss of an important television ally. Will the Internet save it?
Wednesday, September 16 2015
Jericho wore the influence of The Man from U.N.C.L.E. on its sleeve, but that didn't protect it.
Tuesday, September 15 2015
After the Paris Attacks is a collection of research that moves away from the US to look at Canadian and European debates over terrorism.
Monday, September 14 2015
"Hell You Talmbout" and "Cry No More" are a new kind of protest song that reintroduces traditional minimalism and congregational singing into this contemporary moment.
Thursday, September 3 2015
Is there any term in any field that is more slippery or meaningless or that carries such impossible, historically artificial burdens of meaning as "Classical Music"?
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.