Monday Rock City: A Conversation with Ed Piskor, Creator of Hip Hop Family Tree

Acclaimed comic book artist Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree series details originator Kool Herc’s revolutionary rec room parties in the summer of ’73 up to the rise of super stars the Beastie Boys and RUN-DMC. Our own JM Blaine catches up with Piskor straight off the Copenhagen Comics Festival to, uh, rap about the past, present, and future the still-growing Hip Hop Family Tree.
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Sunday Light and Word – Nothing was a Prize

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SEVEN THINGS WE DON’T CARE ABOUT THIS WEEK: The Clown Car Variations

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Road Worthy: Reflections While Passing Through

It’s 8:30 in the morning. I’m sitting in McDonald’s on route 87 in Sloatsburg, NY.  When I was a child, whenever we passed here on the Thruway, my father would say that everyone in Sloatsburg had an extra digit on each hand. … Continue reading




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Why Trigger Warnings are Futile and Infantilizing

Designed to protect the traumatized from further trauma, trigger warnings fail in their mission because they place the burden of maintaining our equilibrium on others, as if they could ever truly protect us from additional psychic harm. Continue reading




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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dork

Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before

Question: What’s a writer to do in an era where memoirs are assumed to be fictional and novels are, increasingly, considered thinly-veiled cris de coeur? Answer: Deny Everything. Continue reading




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Love & Mercy and the Saving of Brian Wilson

Beach Boy Brian Wilson, musical genius and cultural icon, should have died, but did not. Someone saved him. Who, exactly, did the saving is up for debate. In any case, hot new biopic Love & Mercy, fleshes out the less-familiar trope of “saving the artist,” and our own Robert Burke Warren digs that. Continue reading




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Sunday Light and Word – Caverns, Caves, Rain

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Seven Things We Don’t Care About This Week: Semi-Crowd-Sourced, Summer Blockbuster, Triple Crown, Jam-Packed-with-Uncaring-and-Caring Edition

Jurassic ANYTHING, and six more. Continue reading




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