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The danger of gender-based criticism

One of my longstanding biases, shared with other male critics, is a tendency to align gender and analogies. I’m working on it. Liz Phair must come up when reviewing Speedy Ortiz — why not Luna, particularly the Luna of Penthouse, … Continue reading

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‘It all dies in the room’

Rob Tannenbaum had fun reporting what Jann Wenner told him about how induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame doesn’t work. No surprises, just details. The pullquote is in a paragraph noting the exclusion of Mariah Carey, Janet … Continue reading

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The derision of the fangirl

Thanks, Sandra Song, for reminding me of afternoons spent around crying men wracked with sobs over a home run: The continual derision of the “fangirl” is damaging, it perpetuates the idea that girls act one way, and boys another. Within … Continue reading

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The long obituary for the compact disc

For as long as CDs have been around I’ve read these stories. Before CDs it was vinyl (no one much liked cassettes). Starbucks has joined the planned obsolescence of the CD: The CD, never a much-loved object, is inching toward … Continue reading

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‘Were you in the yard with your wife and children?’

One of the better responses to Ted Cruz’s 9-11-inspired affection for the values of country: But I’m hard-pressed to think of any rockers, classic or otherwise, who were disrespectful in the aftermath of 9/11. Certainly it wasn’t Bruce Springsteen or … Continue reading

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Expecting too much, Pt. 3146

It’s not often two of my favorite political journalists and bloggers make two obtuse musical remarks in one day. Louis Menand, reviewing W. Joseph Campbell’s 1995: The Year the Future Began: The stock market began the nineteen-nineties with the Dow … Continue reading

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‘He’s lost his job. How much does the government want?’

Good on the NYT editorial board for decrying the double standard whereby respected establishment member David Petraeus gets a slap on the wrist and an earnest finger wag for the leaking of classified information to his favorite reporters while Abbe … Continue reading

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