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Friday, October 25 2013

The Trouble with Fandom and ‘The Elizabethans’

A.N Wilson's The Elizabethans is a very readable history, despite the author's inability to get out of his own way.


Thursday, April 17 2014

Post-Tsunami Trauma Is Imbued with Painful Lessons in ‘Facing the Wave’

"We think we have time to love, cook dinner, take walks, become enlightened, but one wave can take us, or it can spit us out." -Gretel Ehrlich


‘King of the Hill’ Is a Touching, Sweet Story and Quite Unlike Later Soderbergh Films

This is a fascinating glimpse into an exploratory, identity-forming period before even Soderbergh himself seemed to have a handle on his erratic muse.


It’s Not Easy, ‘Being Ginger’

Kermit the Frog may have said it’s not easy being green, but this entertaining documentary shows that it’s sure not easy being a ginger, either.


Duck Sauce: Quack

They may not ever be able to achieve the dizzying heights of "Barbra Streisand", but Quack is more than worth the wait.


Rodney Crowell: Tarpaper Sky

With a recent Grammy in hand and momentum on his side, a Nashville legend returns to the studio with some old friends.


On Being Up a Creek with Only a Paddle

Love Is a Canoe is about how people in love will latch onto any floating bit of debris to salvage their sinking relationships.


Shakira: Shakira

The Colombian chameleon’s new eponymous album sees her ditching the squelchy Latin beats of her last English-language album, in favor of dipping her toe into country, ska, rock, and EDM.


Twilight: III: Beneath Trident’s Tomb

Twilight have slammed the tomb shut and are hostile to all visitors, leaving a disconnect between the listener and the songs outside of “Oh Wretched Son” and “A Flood of Eyes”.


Talib Kweli: Gravitas

Although there are a few moments that lack the edge of his debut, Gravitas is a welcome return to form -- of sorts -- for Kweli.


The Mast: Pleasure Island

Goodbye, guitars. Hello, electronics.


Wednesday, April 16 2014

‘30 for 30 Soccer Stories: Hillsborough’

Hillsborough recalls the horror of that day, the FA Cup Semi-Final match between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.


Bruce Springsteen’s Artful Criticism of American Culture

This is an ambitious undertaking, weaving American history, popular culture, and Bruce Springsteen’s music into a cohesive narrative.


Boundaries Are All Fictions in Godard’s “Breathless”

Even now, after countless reviews and essays, it's easy to be captivated by the way Godard obfuscates our expectations for cinematic art.


The String Arcade

This isn't an exercise in nostalgia or recognition, but a journey into new territory.


Cayenne Pepper Enemas and Other Developments in Early Medicine

From applying leeches to mapping the shape of the human skull, Erik Janik describes a drama of medical history in Marketplace of the Marvelous.


Women with Rare Intellectual Authority Form ‘The Bletchley Circle’

The resourcefulness and fearlessness of these women is a highlight in a series so well-written and well-acted.


Woods: With Light and With Love

With Light and With Love is Woods' most cleanly produced record to date, and the brittle edges of their sound now melt around bright, bittersweet songs.


My Chemical Romance: May Death Never Stop You: The Greatest Hits (2001-2013)

May Death Never Stop You proves to be a tricky overview of MCR's output, trying to please both casual fans and completists at the exact same time.


The Dandy Warhols: Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia: Live At The Wonder

The Dandy Warhols didn't invent the wheel, they just drive really well.


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