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Love at a Socially-Isolating Distance

In one sense, life in the time of Coronavirus clarifies an essential element of love: love always occurs at an ontological distance.

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Conscience of Congress John Lewis Hopes You'll 'Get in the Way' of Things

Lewis’s lifelong philosophy on civil disobedience is admirable and urgent. Interview with Get in the Way Director, Kathleen Dowdey.

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'Loving', An Urgent Work of Compelling Quietude

Loving is particularly resonant at a time when many in America may feel as if their own inherent rights are on shaky ground.

Music

Romare: Love Songs: Part Two

“Love” is a wide word, having many different meanings in many different contexts, so these song collages take inspiration from all over the spectrum of audio love.

Music

Austin Lucas: Between the Moon and the Midwest

Between the Moon and the Midwest is a collection of tales told by those with broken hearts and proud souls.

Film

What's 'Love' Got to Do With it? Why Do Audiences Reject Sex in the Movies?

Gaspar Noé’s Love was panned in many different parts of the world because its unsimulated sex scenes defy narrative norms and take moviegoers out of the story.

Television

All You Need Is 'Love': A Conversation With Film and Television Composer Lyle Workman

Lyle Workman discusses his self-surprising music career and how he now departs for unmapped terrain with the new Netflix series, Love.

Music

Riverside: Love, Fear and the Time Machine

Ten years on, Riverside remain as special as ever, and Love, Fear and the Time Machine is their truest work of art.

Music

Shrines of Supremacy: The Five Best Riverside Songs (So Far)

With Love, Fear and the Time Machine, arriving next month, it's worth discussing why these five tracks make Polish quartet Riverside one of the best modern prog rock bands.

Games

Moving Pixels Podcast: The Greatest Couples in Video Games

Valentine's Day may be over, but we're still celebrating the most significant relationships in video games.

Music

Teyana Taylor: VII

Though she doesn’t break new ground, Teyana Taylor delivers an enjoyable contemporary R&B album capturing the ups and downs of love.

Books

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.

Music

Jack Johnson: From Here to Now to You

Some of Jack Johnson's most beautiful songs can be found on this album, if you can stomach the endless romantic references and the abundance of similar-sounding guitar melodies.

Music

Glenn Lewis: Moment of Truth

After an 11-year hiatus, Glenn Lewis returns in top-notch form with Moment of Truth.

Music

Goo Goo Dolls: Magnetic

Goo Goo Dolls’ tenth studio album Magnetic is solid, but suffers from being formulaically predictable.

Music

Ten Songs From 1967 That Shaped Prog Rock

If 1967 characterizes a high point in rock music, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was possible in the genre -- for better or worse.

Film

You Can't Escape Your Future or Your Past

In storytelling, the past dictates the future. Plots are laid out like traps that our heroes inevitably fall into. And we, watching Bruce Willis in Looper, or reading of Dream in The Sandman, are thus fated, as well.

Music

Cloud Cult: Love

Musically, Love moves between the twin polarities of two Canadian bands: the artiness of an Arcade Fire and the broad bedroom pop and collectiveness in spirit of a Broken Social Scene.

Music

1967 and the Prog-Rock Progenitors

If 1967 characterizes a high point where rock music could be appraised as Art, it also initiated an explicit realignment of what was henceforth possible.

Television

Love-Drenched Gunfighters in 'The Guns of Will Sonnett'

For a couple of rough 'n tough gunfighters, these guys sure do talk about love a lot.

Music

Burt Bacharach Meets the Brady Bunch... on Psilocybin

Celebrating the great lost (and never found) Love single from the Summer of 1967.

Reviews

'Friends with Benefits' Plays Against Type and Fails

Just as we become comfortable with the new friendship, and their sexual arrangement, like most friends with benefits relationships it begins to slowly unravel and reveal itself as the clichéd romantic comedy it advertises that it isn't.

Music

On Making that Holiday Music List and Checking It Twice

It's that time of the year, again. Music fans are making their lists of what they hope to find wrapped in pretty paper at Christmas, and music publications are making their lists of what should be on those lists. Now, I have something to say about lists.

Music

Counterbalance: Year One

In this special one-year anniversary edition of Counterbalance, Eric Klinger and Jason Mendelsohn discuss their first year combing through the pop music canon (as determined by Acclaimed Music's calculations of every best-of list available), share a few favorites, and justify a couple items on their expense account.

Music

Counterbalance No. 49: Love’s 'Forever Changes'

Sometimes we deal in numbers, and if you want to count Love, count them Number 49 on Acclaimed Music's Great List. We're all normal and we want our freedom.

Television

Life, Murder and Companionship: Dexter's Quest for Friendship

Looking back over Dexter’s journey, the need for a trustworthy companion has never been greater. As the character has become more human, the desire for companionship and a normal life has overtaken the necessitation to kill. It has become—in fact always was—the driving force in his life.

Music

The Human Collision: A Conversation with Matt Nathanson About Modern Love

Songwriter Matt Nathanson has just made his finest statement with his new album, Modern Love, a diverse collection of songs about relationships, sexuality, and intimacy in a rapidly changing world.

Music

The Submarines: Love Notes/Letter Bombs

The Submarines charm below the surface of their newest album, but get too monotonous as they emerge.

Film

Goodbye Michael. Hello Cal?

As Michael Scott fades into reruns, can Steve Carell continue his climb to movie star status?

Television

The Year in TV: September 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in September 2010.

Television

'Glee' and 'The Bachelor': Less Talk About Love, Please, and More Action

Glee and The Bachelor need to show a little trust in the relationships they're filming, and lighten up on all the talk.

Books

'Jass' Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.

Reviews

All Together Now

Director Adrian Wills skillfully captures the massive scale of the Cirque du Soleil production from concept to reality, as well as the enormous challenges facing the individual contributors.

Music

Turn Off the Lights: Cultivating Love to Get Through Summer

One sure way to care is a sure investment in health. Health, like love, cannot be bought, but cultivated, and oils the wings of love. So here’s a tip on summer cultivation, a sure way of taking care of your partner from someone who is in the midst of the seven-year itch.

Reviews

The Von Bondies + Nico Vega

The Von Bondies’ hit-and-miss set was thankfully devoid of the polish that unfortunately taints their new album.

Carole Ann Wright
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