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Hip-Hop’s Laboratory of Language

What do William Wordsworth, Robert Frost, Ice Cube, and Ghostface Killah have in common? Finally, they all appear in anthologies.

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Rosanne Cash: More Than Just a Legend’s Daughter

Rosanne Cash’s lyricism plays on the page as if she’s on stage with guitar in hand. You can hear the music as you read. PopMatters Jaime Karnes talks with this gifted writer of songs and stories.

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Hüsker Dü: The Story of the Noise-Pop Pioneers Who Launched Modern Rock

What the world really needs is a straight-up account of one of the most important rock groups of all time. Now we have it in the form of music scribe Andrew Earles.

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Jimi Hendrix, the Patron Saint of Alt-Blackness

Forty years after his death, Jimi Hendrix looms larger - and deeper - than ever within the black cultural pantheon. Even though he wasn't really 'black'.

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20 Questions: Catherine Coulter

Prior to becoming a New York Times bestselling author, Catherine Coulter worked on Wall Street writing funny speeches for an actuarial honcho. “I've never done anything that would land me in prison,” she swears to PopMatters 20 Questions.

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7 Nov 2010 // 8:00 PM

Fab: The Life of Paul McCartney

Post-war Britain seemed to embrace colour and change. A creative and cultural renaissance was taking place in the heart of the capital, one that caught the attention of the world, and Paul was at the centre of it.

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The Best You Can Is Good Enough: Radiohead vs. The Corporate Machine

PopMatters' coverage of Kid A's 10th anniversary concludes with an exclusive excerpt from Marvin Lin's forthcoming 33 1/3 book about the album, here discussing why the band decided to abandon all conventional publicity mechanisms to promote the album, and what such gestures ultimately said about the band's mindset at the time ...

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President Obama and The Long Fade

Two new books on the Obama presidency make clear that the dream, such as it was, is over -- though not necessarily in the way you'd think. Whether or not something has actually died, the obituary has already been written for Barack Obama's promise of progressive reform

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2 Nov 2010 // 9:00 PM

Cowboys Full: The Story of Poker

"Nothing is more natural, or more essential to human achievement," writes James McManus, "than gambling— than risking something, taking a chance."

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A Very Irregular Head: The Life of Syd Barrett

Pink Floyd's ‘Interstellar Overdrive’ was a zeitgeist moment in the development of English pop music, the moment when pop liberated itself from its blues roots.

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Ray Bradbury Wrote Me Back

My affinity for Ray Bradbury's work is rooted in his "accidental novels", as well as in the collections that plunder what is seemingly a limitless vault of manuscripts.

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20 Questions: Tom Payne

What is it that fills our eyes with stars and makes us desire to lift one among us upon an altar – and then consider setting fire to the altar? Tom Payne ponders this proclivity in his new book, Fame.

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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. In The Minds Eye, he explores the physical and perceptual disconnect between what we see and what we perceive.

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‘Poltergeist’: Home Sweet Hell

James Kahn’s version of Poltergeist is a rare example of a book written after a movie is released, which results in a riveting read.

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Excerpt from Alex Ross’ New Book ‘Listen to This’

I don't listen to music to be civilized; writes the author of The Rest Is Noise, sometimes, I listen precisely to escape the ordered world.

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20 Questions: Emma McLaughlin & Nikola Kraus

Joined at the hip: The Nanny Diaries authors Emma McLaughlin and Nikola Kraus have a friendship that is worthy of its own book, as evident in their replies to PopMatters 20 Questions.

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And Here’s to You, Mr. Robinson: ‘Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics’

In a conversation with Jerry Robinson, the man who created the Joker, we learn he is much like the superheroes with which he will forever be identified; his career reflects a lifetime of pushing boundaries, challenging conventions, and fighting for artistic integrity.

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20 Questions: Greil Marcus

"Few if any American cultural historians take the great deep American Breath like Greil Marcus," writes Robert Loss. With his latest, Bob Dylan by Greil Marcus: Writings 1968-2010 in mind, we’re pleased to have Marcus back with us, this time in the playful framework of PopMatters 20 Questions.

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Acid Christ: Ken Kesey, LSD, and the Politics of Ecstasy

As representative of an all-American ideal, the dream of unlimited success and total lack of restraint, Ken Kesey remains hard to beat, and through his “freak freely” ministry great ideas flew from his head like illuminated dandruff.

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20 Questions: Patrick K. O’Donnell

Award-winning / Lady Gaga / Katy Perry / Top 40 listening author Patrick K. O'Donnell is an expert on WWII espionage, special operations, and counterinsurgency on the modern battlefield -- and he's with us here at PopMatters 20 Questions.

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