The Science of the Yuk and the Yum of Things

The Science of the Yuk and the Yum of Things

By Catherine Ramsdell

John McQuaid blends history, scientific research, cultural studies, and personal anecdotes to create a lively and engaging history of taste. 4 May 2015 // 1:05 AM

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Here again, you'll experience the split-level ranch house, beaded vests, Astroturf, and 'groovy' vocabulary.

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The Lives of Rain by Nathalie Handal

This is a fiercely global poetry, one that requires (and provides) a wide if not particularly thorough knowledge of this planet's cultures.

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A Brilliant Sample Of Their Fall Debut. Will Summer End Already!?"

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	Richard Thompson: Live From Austin, TX

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New York band chooses the summer sounds of California rather than the garage rock of Hell's Kitchen to get its point across.

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Legendary singer-songwriter's appearance on long-running NPR program finds him performing some of his favorite ballads.

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This remix album uses remixers such as Madlib, Sterolab, and Danger Mouse in order to seduce listeners into the sonically rich world of '60s sunshine pop greats, the Free Design.

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Of course, there is always something perpetually upsetting about seeing an animated fetus moving through an inky-black universe of German screams and scraping metal.

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