Recent Features

6 Nov 2015 // 3:05 AM

Blues Unlimited: Essential Interviews From the Original Blues Magazine

A who's who of blues masters, these essential interviews shed light on their subjects while gleaning colorful detail from the rough and tumble of blues history. In this excerpt: Freddie King.

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Gabriel Urza Redefines the Political Novel With ‘All That Followed’

The former public defender notes that All That Followed "...requires people to think about political actors as individuals rather than as ideologues. That's been my experience in real life."

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3 Nov 2015 // 2:30 AM

Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me

Bernard Sumner artfully describes where the music of Joy Division came from; distilled to a single cold, bleak, industrial Manchester night.

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30 Oct 2015 // 2:05 AM

We, Robots: Staying Human in the Age of Big Data

Can technology solve all of our problems? Curtis White urges us to remember that we've been deluded by technology -- and seductive stories -- before.

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Never Say Nevermore: Edgar Allan Poe’s 10 Best Stories

Poe endures as an artist who made his life’s work a deeper than healthy dive into the messy engine of human foibles, obsessions and misdeeds.

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16 Oct 2015 // 2:10 AM

The James Bond Songs: Pop Anthems of Late Capitalism

The story of the Bond song is the story of the pop song -- and perhaps even the story of its end.

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Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet Offers Penetrating Psychological and Sociopolitical Insight

A committed feminist, Ferrante writes with often astonishing candor, even "ferocity", about women's lives, their conflicted relationships with their bodies, with each other, and with men.

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On Evil Yogis and the Icy Silence of Yoga’s Post-Disintegration

David Gordon White's life-long research of South Asian religions reveals the dubious roots of the West's feel good contemporary yoga industry.

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The Man That Got Away: The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen

"Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," and "One for My Baby" are just a few of Harold Arlen's well-loved compositions. Yet his name is hardly known--except to the musicians who venerate him.

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The Los Lonely Wolves, Los Lobos, Is Still Brilliantly Defying Classification

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.

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5 Oct 2015 // 2:30 AM

The Day Sarah Records Died

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.

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‘Operation Ajax’ Illustrates How the CIA Destroyed Democracy in Iran

The extent of US involvement in undermining Middle Eastern democracy is gradually coming to light, and being told through a variety of genres.

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Holding Death Hostage: Human Enigma in ‘The Order of Death’

Hugh Fleetwood's story of murder and guilt evades the clear resolutions of mystery-narratives, opting for a disturbing disquisition on human enigma.

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How Do You Define the Genre of Trans Literature?

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.

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25 Sep 2015 // 2:05 AM

Real Men Don’t Sing: Crooning in American Culture

Crooners like Rudy Vallée and Bing Crosby were not only the first pop stars: their short-lived yet massive popularity fundamentally changed American culture.

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How Should We Respond to Terrorism?

After the Paris Attacks is a collection of research that moves away from the US to look at Canadian and European debates over terrorism.

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Bingham Prize Winner Jack Livings on Imagining China

Award-winning fiction writer Jack Livings discusses his new book, The Dog, and the importance of writing with moral purpose.

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For Jazz and Gospel Artists and Audiences, Music Is Their Faith, and Faith Is Their Rock

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.

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20 Questions: Oliver Sacks

Neurologist and philosopher Oliver Sacks possesses a tireless intellect, a perpetual curiosity, and a compassionate understanding of humans.

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Noise Uprising: The Audiopolitics of a World Musical Revolution

The soundtrack to decolonization is heard in Havana’s son, Rio’s samba, New Orleans’ jazz, Buenos Aires’ tango, Seville’s flamenco, Cairo’s tarab, Johannesburg’s marabi, and more.

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