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It's not often that great bands have the opportunity to end a career on a high note with their swansong song albums, but Roxy Music brilliantly did with Avalon.

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The profession of teaching has taught me that Lamott’s view of merciful action is impractical and improper.

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You’re Such a Lovely Audience: ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band’

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Observational Tragedy: Jonathan Coulton’s Approach to Songwriting

Jonathan Coulton reveals how his unique balance of comedy and tragedy, optimism and cynicism, and the past and future form the heart of his new multimedia concept album.

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22 May 2017 // 3:00 AM

Eminem: A Love Story

Who can listen to Eminem’s discography today and not be struck by one of popular music’s most prolonged and extraordinary expressions of interminable sadness?

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Asta Nielsen and Fatma Girik’s Hamlets: Old Mysteries, New Problems

Wherein Hamlet is no longer a neurotic male in princely guise but a woman invested with an identity crisis.

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From Garden to Higher Truth: The Legacy of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell

No matter what Chris Cornell did, there was always the sense that he was doing what he wanted.

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The Perfectly Suitable, Perfectly Silly Comedy of Harry Hill

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).

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On Norman Mailer, Jack Henry Abbott, and the Legacy of Going Too Deep Into the Belly of the Beast

How Norman Mailer, while preparing 1979's The Executioner's Song, collaborated with Jack Henry Abbott and opened doors that should have remained shut.

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An Android’s Dream: How the Robot Traitor Became the Center of ‘Alien: Covenant’

In an allegory where humans are the damned and the aliens are the plague, what does it mean to spend so much time with immune robot bystanders?

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David Sedaris' decades-spanning collection of his diary entries reveals the growth of one of America's most beloved humorists.

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Callback to the Future: Maestro Gamin on the Miracles and Medicines of His Latest EP

Maestro Gamin’s latest venture with producer Books One, Miracle Work Medicine, sees a return to Daisy Age hip-hop.

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There’s no such thing as a premature ending for a video game. There’s only your ending.

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