Wednesday, April 8 2015
Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?
Tuesday, April 7 2015
On Billie Holiday's centennial, her influence remains everywhere in music. Jazz singers Cassandra Wilson and Jose James, have new tributes out on Blue Note.
Wednesday, March 18 2015
Canada’s hit comedy news program offers a provocative example of the role political satire and popular culture can play in defining and even changing a nation
Thursday, March 12 2015
Two unique jazz phenoms of the Reagan '80s -- tapping guitarist Stanley Jordan and falsetto scatting legend Bobby "Don't Worry, Be Happy" McFerrin -- are back.
Wednesday, March 11 2015
Gay Berlin reveals a vibrant gay rights movement that flourished in Germany a hundred years before Stonewall.
Thursday, March 5 2015
More than fetishizing his prizes, the collector fetishizes his own obsessiveness and glorious blindness to the machinations of what non-collectors call “real life”.
Monday, March 2 2015
Jeff Chang's cultural history tackles how race has played out across the last 50 years, and counting, of American culture.
Friday, February 27 2015
The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that.
Thursday, February 26 2015
Questioning cartoons, satire, and the role of the media after the Charlie Hebdo assassinations.
Wednesday, February 25 2015
For centuries, Tajikistan has seen just about every monarchy, kingdom, religious faith and culture sweep through its land, leaving an indelible impression on its people and music.
Monday, February 23 2015
A growing movement says we ought to help our kids lead riskier lives with the intent of improving society.
Monday, February 16 2015
As the debate rages over Charlie Hebdo’s controversial cartoons, Art Spiegelman offers sage advice on cartoons and free speech.
Wednesday, February 11 2015
A provocative and insightful new book challenges us to rethink our obsession with brunch, and to critically consider what this overpriced, messy meal really says about shifting class identities in today’s world.
Friday, February 6 2015
Jill Lepore's hit new book on Wonder Woman sheds light not only on the astonishing origins of this iconic character, but also on the fascinating social and political strands of history which gave rise to her.
Tuesday, February 3 2015
In the kulturkampf between India’s intelligentsia decrying the ‘cultural terrorism’ of extremists, a film like PK has me wondering, how long can secular liberals retain the moral high ground?
Monday, February 2 2015
Sometimes photographs tell stories that music cannot fully articulate, carrying in their grain long-gone atmospheres.
Thursday, January 29 2015
The more closely I followed the Ebola coverage, the more the simulacra of contagion in fiction, film, and games seemed inextricably woven into the mainstream media.
Wednesday, January 21 2015
Before Bill Maher became the demon-du-jour for his satirical scorn of religion, Christopher Hitchens led the charge of rhetorical antitheism.
Monday, January 19 2015
Grammy nominations in jazz are rarely adventurous and usually confusing. Yet this year's slate is intriguing.
Thursday, January 15 2015
From cult leader Jim Jones to scientist Richard Dawkins, once in a rare while, Hollywood gets a religious idea, or an idea about religion, right.