Tuesday, June 6 2017
Fifites' jazz and the Beat Generation are often linked. Aside from the drug use, however, this new book on the history begs to differ.
Monday, June 5 2017
Joan Crawford embodies the universal cipher: a flat, empty surface that reflects anything but reveals nothing. There was never a more perfect actress.
Ichi-F is rich in detail and strikingly perceptive in analysis, and yet it oddly supports the nuclear industry even as the radiation continues to take its toll.
Friday, June 2 2017
Be repelled by this lunatic if you must, but do so at your own risk.
Tuesday, May 30 2017
Walerian Borowczyk is a filmmaker of glimpses and ellipses. Long neglected and obscure, his films are now emerging on Blu-ray.
Fickelgrubers, Prodnoses, and Slugworths: modern candy "freak" Eugene J. reflects on the science behind the literary legend, Willy Wonka.
Friday, May 26 2017
How do we treat our most disturbed fellow citizens? How far should we go to accommodate and tolerate eccentricities for the sake of a good story?
Wednesday, May 24 2017
Among other things, Mastodon rhythm guitarist Bill Kelliher delves into how loss and life shaped their sixth outing, Emperor of Sand.
Tuesday, May 23 2017
The profession of teaching has taught me that Lamott’s view of merciful action is impractical and improper.
Monday, May 22 2017
Wherein Hamlet is no longer a neurotic male in princely guise but a woman invested with an identity crisis.
Friday, May 19 2017
Harry Hill pulls funny faces and he does stupid things. But these are things I like in a comedian (as opposed to, say, a US president).
How Norman Mailer, while preparing 1979's The Executioner's Song, collaborated with Jack Henry Abbott and opened doors that should have remained shut.
Thursday, May 18 2017
David Sedaris' decades-spanning collection of his diary entries reveals the growth of one of America's most beloved humorists.
Wednesday, May 17 2017
There’s no such thing as a premature ending for a video game. There’s only your ending.
In 1975, an aimless teenager goes to an obscure discothèque in Boston and discovers “Get Down Tonight” -- just the kind of funk he's looking for.
Tuesday, May 16 2017
The Force is no longer mysterious. We've demanded to know everything about Logan’s history at the expense of his mystery. Hollywood complies. The magic is dead.
Historians Lynn Abbott and Doug Seroff debunk myths about the origins of blues music, locating them not in the Mississippi Delta but in southern black vaudeville.
Monday, May 15 2017
In "First We Take Manhattan", Leonard Cohen recognized the shared appeal of extremism in politics and art as the allure of power.
Friday, May 12 2017
Lloyd Sachs explores the life, times, and endless journeys of singer-songwriter-musician T Bone Burnett.
Jazz long ago lost its early geniuses of swing and bebop. Now masters from the '70s and onward are starting to pass, too. Remembering Arthur Blythe and Larry Coryell.