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In the new film version of The Quiet American, a photographer
races into a plaza in downtown Saigon, rather puzzling jaded British
reporter Thomas Fowler (Michael Caine).

Imaginary Friends, The Mercy Seat

Looking backward in the January chill, I feel my eyes shoot past the
films of 2002 toward a movie made some thirty years ago: a picture by
Martin Scorsese about violent, driven people in downto

How does a fiercely anticorporate musician feel about participating in a
corporate entertainment system?

Talking With Eddie Vedder, Boots Riley, Amy Ray, Carrie Brownstein, Tom Morello

Picture this: you're stranded on a desert island with nothing to comfort
you but sand, sun and, miraculously, the solar-powered sound system that
washed up with you.

Fifteen years ago, rappers like Public Enemy, KRS-One and Queen Latifah
were received as heralds of a new movement.

Russell Simmons, known for decades as Rush to his friends, is of average
height and build for a man his age (45), with a cleanshaven face, bald
dome and light complexion.

In Hicksville, Long Island, on any given Sunday afternoon, pierced and
tattooed teenagers in black clothing gather to listen and watch as
groups of kids like themselves tear their fingertips on

The Chicago-based magazine Punk Planet--nominated for the past
two years in Utne Reader's Alternate Press Awards for "General
Excellence," along with such better-heeled competitio

Blogs

Eric on "The Beatles in Mono" and Reed on how the emphasis on optics skews our democratic priorities.

September 11, 2014

"Outside, the ground separates, / breaking open like sores..."

September 3, 2014

An incomplete list of ten of the best songs ever written about school.

September 3, 2014

A solo Koons exhibition, Danto wrote in 1989, was “a vision of an aesthetic hell.”

September 2, 2014

In honor of Labor Day, here’s a stab at the impossible task of naming the best songs ever written about working people.

August 29, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the media’s coverage of climate change. 

July 21, 2014

These ten songs, taken together, help distill the American experience and make clear both what’s great about the US and what still needs critical attention.

July 2, 2014

On the 25th anniversity of Spike Lee's "Do the Right Thing," America needs to ask itself some hard questions.

June 30, 2014

Eric on this weeks concerts and Reed on Syria's chemical weapons program. 

June 25, 2014

Eric on this week's concerts and Reed on the Bergdahl scandal. 

June 11, 2014