Books

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

Blaxploitation signaled the moment ghetto culture and the Black vernacular hit the American mainstream, paving the way for rap, hip-hop, disco, and modern sports.

Lindsey Drager’s ‘The Avian Hourglass’ Is Wonderfully Weird

Lindsey Drager’s ‘The Avian Hourglass’ Is Wonderfully Weird

While navigating many odd circumstances, Lindsey Drager’s The Avian Hourglass provides a continuous stream of consciousness; scientific, literary, and philosophical.

The Art of Psychological Warfare

The Art of Psychological Warfare

From marketing manipulation to all-out psychological warfare, Stories Are Weapons clarifies how our world – and worldview – is seldom our own.

Strolling Down the Beatles’ Penny Lane and Through Strawberry Fields

Strolling Down the Beatles’ Penny Lane and Through Strawberry Fields

Jonathan Cott provides a concise overview of two of the Beatles’ greatest songs in his book Let Me Take You Down: Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields Forever.

Aminder Dhaliwal’s Latest Shows That Our Culture of Work Is a Malice Burning Us Alive

Aminder Dhaliwal’s Latest Shows That Our Culture of Work Is a Malice Burning Us Alive

Aminder Dhaliwal’s A Witch’s Guide to Burning shows the follies of our toxic relationship with overwork and how to break its spell.

2 Tone: Race, Music, and Pop Culture in Thatcher’s UK

2 Tone: Race, Music, and Pop Culture in Thatcher’s UK

2 Tone found a sweet spot between punk anger and pop sensibility that mirrored the myriad poles they were trying to bridge in their band members and audiences.

Alice Munro’s Men

Alice Munro’s Men

The late author Alice Munro’s work is criticized for its portrayal of men. But radically, not all her rejected male characters are mediocrities.

Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl, and Punk

Kathleen Hanna, Riot Grrrl, and Punk

Riot Grrrl’s activism and grass-roots activity showed the movement was more concerned with breaking the rules and conventions than breaking through in punk.

War Fever in Norman Lock’s ‘The Caricaturist’

War Fever in Norman Lock’s ‘The Caricaturist’

In Norman Lock’s The Caricaturist, the characters find themselves in a fraught time of war fever just as one century dies and a new one is born.

When Silence Roars: Rock Widows on When the Music Stops

When Silence Roars: Rock Widows on When the Music Stops

The interviews of rock widows in I Can’t Remember If I Cried reveal life for these women when their husbands exit the stage, the music stops, and the silence roars

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

With its deft layering of words, its samples, and how it articulates sound, Questlove’s Hip-Hop Is History is like De La Soul’s excellent album 3 Feet High and Rising.

‘Grief Is for People’ Is a Loving Model for Sudden Loss

‘Grief Is for People’ Is a Loving Model for Sudden Loss

Grief Is for People is a loving portrait of a dear friend and an offering of shared wisdom for the bereaved rooted in emotional chaos and its subsequent clarity.