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War is Beautiful: An Interview with David Shields

Davis Schneiderman talks to David Shields about his new book, a collage of war images published by the Paper of Record. Continue reading




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O’Connor and Coltrane: Saints of American Art

Flannery O’Connor wanted to jolt you with the violent shock of recognition, in the service of artistic if not spiritual consecration; Coltrane wanted to transcend the insanity altogether, altering consciousness through a profoundly moving colloquy. Continue reading




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Serving Time In Sonic Youth

You’ve seen Renaissance man and esteemed guest Weekling Richard Edson onscreen in Do the Right Thing, Platoon, Stranger Than Paradise, and dozens of other films, but you probably don’t know he was the original drummer in seminal NYC post-punk noise mavens Sonic Youth. In this fascinating slice of life, he shares his riveting account of being a participant in several crucial music movements at once. The arty, funky, early 80s East Village lives again! Continue reading




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An Interview with Daniel Kraus

Sean Beaudoin interviews the author of Scowler, Trollhunters, and The Death and Life of Zebulon Finch. Continue reading




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My Rock & Roll Paris

I was in the land where the creators are revered; Paris greets artists with an affection so strong it gives an energy boost, life force, enabling one to go back to the blank space with faith, with no fear. And indeed, I was not afraid. I was the opposite of afraid. Continue reading




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Excerpt from Jeff Ragsdale’s “All I Need is Plutonium”

A refreshingly insensitive look at being drunk, high, gun-toting, and arrested. Continue reading




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The Bitter and the Sweet: My Upgrade to Windows 10

   I. Like an electronic Benjamin Button, like a newborn at death’s door, my laptop was only a year old but it was already feeling its age. The sadness of that statement shouldn’t be lost on you, nor should the … Continue reading




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Jack and Marilyn – and the Mail. Or the fate of one letter 50 years on…

In which David Krajicek, delves into the archives at Columbia University, uncovering Jack Kerouac’s misogyny in his letters about Marilyn Monroe. Continue reading




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An Excerpt from This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

An excerpt of the new novel “This is Your Life, Harriet Chance!” by New York Times bestselling author, Jonathan Evison. Continue reading




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