Nicholas Buccola's 'The Fire Is Upon Us' Is Obscured by the Smoke

Nicholas Buccola's The Fire Is Upon US is, at times, marred by glibness, impatience, and ahistorical tendencies that suggest, to an extent, it is also a reflective of the deteriorating conditions that mark our public discourse in 2020.


Providing Witness: Vasily Grossman's 'Stalingrad'

In Vasily Grossman, the lost and nameless victims of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union – soldier and civilian, ordinary men and women – found their literary chronicler.


The Lone Bellow Create Intimate Americana Chamber Pieces on 'Half Moon Light'

The writing on the Lone Bellow's Half Moon Light strives towards the essence of a thing – emotional conflict and tension, inward or interpersonal – and resolution.


'The Madness of Knowledge' Is Maddeningly Banal

Like some kind of academic performance art, it's as if the author of Madness of Knowledge smashed a pane of glass with a hammer and was dazzled by the tiny shards.


How, in These Times, Can We Reconcile 'Anger and Forgiveness'?

There's a lot of anger in the ugly, infuriatingly stupid, and implacable discourses of our political culture, to say nothing of the distorting, amplifying, and accelerating effects new media has for our anger. Perhaps it's time to revisit Martha Nussbaum's Anger and Forgiveness.


'In the Night Wood' Is a Story About Storytelling Itself

Like the characters that Umberto Eco captured in his first three novels, those of In the Night Wood are literary obsessives inspired, baffled, or haunted by texts, codes, cryptic nomenclature, dashed off scribbles, pagan mythology, and weird imagery.


Have Patience: An Interview with Jane Weaver

With a trilogy of striking, multi-genre albums under her belt, a re-release of Jane Weaver's seminal 2014 classic The Silver Globe causes all sorts of reflecting on her own sound, her own legacy, and why she never wants to run a concert from a laptop.


Alistair Bonnett's 'Beyond the Map' Asks, How Shall We Live in a Fragmenting World?

Geography, Bonnett claims in Beyond the Map, is becoming harder to read.


Mudhoney's 'Digital Garbage' Is a Massive F-you to the Alt-right in America

A grim tone prevails throughout Digital Garbage, Mudhoney's angriest and most explicitly political record.


We Think We're the Center of the Universe

An unusual and potentially polarizing work of cosmology, Universe in Creation highlights some fascinating coherences and connections in the fabric of existence.


Yob Highlight Their Conceptual Vision on 'Our Raw Heart'

To characterize Our Raw Heart as consistent is not to damn the record with faint praise as Yob's music is as powerful and beautiful as ever.


Hilary Woods' 'Colt' Captures a Palpable Sense of Aloneness

Hilary Woods evokes open spaces, creeping darkness, contemplation at dusk. Given time, the melodies will gently wrap around the listener like ribbons.


Certainty Interrupted: 'Exact Thinking In Demented Times'

As a history of ideas, this work is especially good at mapping the Vienna Circle's fascinating afterlife in the English-speaking countries where many prominent thinkers landed and flourished in the 20th century.

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Change and Continuity: An Interview With Lucy Dacus

Lucy Dacus: "Good music, art, and media should suck you in, chew you up, and spit you out different than who you were when you encountered it."


King Witch Head in a Progressive Metal Direction with 'Under the Mountain'

King Witch arrive at something like genuine progressive doom metal - atmospheric, heaving, dynamic doom riffs powered by strikingly sonorous vocals.


Sebestyen's 'Lenin' Is All Too Human

Vladimir Lenin's life, his short tenure in power, and the subsequent path taken by the Soviet Union will always be a rich if sombre source of speculation in the history of possibility. Sebestyen's humane biography brings additional clarity to the matter.


Sarah McQuaid Asks the Big Questions on 'If We Dig Any Deeper It Could Get Dangerous'

Although rooted in the traditional folk music style of the British Isles, Sarah McQuaid also has an intuition for adding or removing musical textures in surprising and evocative ways


Intellect Over Politics: 'The Curious World of Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn'

There's something characteristically English about the Royal Society, whereby strangers gather under the aegis of some shared interest to read, study, and form friendships and in which they are implicitly agreed to exist insulated and apart from political differences.


Weapons of Poetry and Images: On the Works of Pier Paolo Pasolini

A thread runs through Pasolini's artistic and political work for which he used various terms to identify the sacred, the mythic, the soul, and the spirit -- all strategies for appreciating life in even the most difficult circumstances.


From the Music, to the Word, to the Body in Motion: 'Epistrophies'

Epistrophies teaches us to listen for how creative ideas are translated across media and offers tools for identifying and understanding insights that arise from such translations.


Everything Was Fine Until It Wasn't: 'The Ends of the World'

Connecting deep time with human time and the picturesque with the disastrous, The Ends of the World shows that there may be inescapable consequences for our history and habit of improvident behavior.


Jane Weaver: Modern Kosmology

Weaver's confidence is well-earned and it is a satisfying spectacle that a rather underappreciated artist should find her moment nearly 25 years into her career.

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