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  • Review: 'The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs' by Greil Marcus

    Review: 'The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs' by Greil Marcus
    We now live in the seventh decade of rock 'n' roll, and it has never felt more irrelevant, if such a thing can be gauged by contemporary radio playlists now dominated by slick rappers and aerobicized dance divas. Even terrestrial radio today plays less of...
  • Lowell Thompson on 'RaceMan Answers'

    Lowell Thompson on 'RaceMan Answers'
    In the early '90s, Lowell Thompson started calling himself RaceMan. Though the term, denoting an African-American dedicated to racial uplift, was common in the early 20th century, it confused Thompson's young colleagues in the advertising industry. "They'...
  • Lena Dunham and Laurie Penny rewrite womanhood for the 21st century

    Lena Dunham and Laurie Penny rewrite womanhood for the 21st century
    "What would happen if one woman told the truth about her life? The world would split open," poet Muriel Rukeyser wrote in 1968, a moment when the world was already splitting open and women had started to tell the truth about their lives (not to mention...
  • Review: 'Deep Down Dark' by Hector Tobar

    Review: 'Deep Down Dark' by Hector Tobar
    When I was a child, I enjoyed visits to the doctor because of the long waits in the waiting room. There, stacked high on small tables, were battered copies of Reader's Digest, each containing a single gem: a "Drama in Real Life," a true-life story of a...
  • 'The Simpsons Family History' celebrates show's 25th anniversary

    'The Simpsons Family History' celebrates show's 25th anniversary
    If Maggie Simpson were like any other infant, she'd be a millennial by now, having long since traded in her pacifier for a smartphone. But in Matt Groening's world, the Simpsons never grow older — at least not past the age they were when they were...
  • Martin Amis takes on Nazi love in 'Zone of Interest.' Really.

    Martin Amis takes on Nazi love in 'Zone of Interest.' Really.
    When it comes to the Holocaust, enough already, sometimes, am I right? Enough art, music, books, museums concerning that outrage of the last century, that crime beyond all crimes, that archetype of man's inhumanity, etc. Of course, "enough of the...
  • 5 artists to watch from 'The Best American Comics of 2014'

    5 artists to watch from 'The Best American Comics of 2014'
    A comic made with mylar that contains no words or figures. A detailed graphic memoir of a father's grisly death. Moody blue paintings in comics form. The annual compendium "The Best American Comics" was just released this week by Houghton Mifflin...
  • Marilynne Robinson on 'Lila'

    Marilynne Robinson on 'Lila'
    In her Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "Gilead" (2004), Marilynne Robinson introduced readers to the Rev. John Ames, an elderly Congregationalist preacher in a small town in Iowa in the 1950s. Written as a letter to his young son, "Gilead" is the story of...
  • Reader of the Week: Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti

    Reader of the Week: Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti
    Who I am Dr. Haki R. Madhubuti, author, poet, retired university professor and founder of Third World Press, the oldest independent African-American publisher in the country. One unique thing about me I started reading literature seriously at 14...
  • Jane Smiley brings 'Some Luck' to readers

    What happens in the middle-American farm town of Denby, Iowa? Not much. In Jane Smiley's 14 previous adult novels, five nonfiction books and five young adult novels, she demonstrated the gifts that earned her a Pulitzer (and more recently, a spot on the...
  • Review: 'Not My Father's Son' by Alan Cumming

    Review: 'Not My Father's Son' by Alan Cumming
    Alan Cumming is the political consultant Eli Gold on CBS' "The Good Wife," perpetually trying to fend off scandal and electoral disaster with guile and an American accent. He is the alluring host of PBS' "Masterpiece Mystery!" And he is currently on...