'The Poetry of Pop' Takes a Scholarly Look at Lyrics Both Profound and Vapid

'The Poetry of Pop' Takes a Scholarly Look at Lyrics Both Profound and Vapid

By Jordan Blum

The Poetry of Pop is a testament to the power, craftsmanship, and worthwhile intent of even the most ostensibly thin tunes. 22 Aug 2017 // 9:30 AM

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen: The Good, the Bad & the Queen

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Jesus Camp (2006)

Jesus Camp examines extremes of evangelical Christian culture.

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Second album of virtuosic fusions of African and American song forms from this Malian native.

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Obvious feeling redeems a thoroughly cliched backdrop on Saliva's fifth album.

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'Hopscotch' is Anchored in Walter Matthau's Playful, Irascible Personality

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"With his novel, Hopscotch, Brian Garfield challenged himself to write a suspenseful spy tale in which nobody gets killed.

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