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The idea of craft is an unanticipated product of the Industrial Revolution.

Like a kid at an ice-cream counter, urging his friends to try the chocolate--like a writer of travel guides, warning tourists not to miss the Eiffel Tower--I come before you to praise Grand Il

It's rude of me to speak of Todd Haynes's new picture as if it were a
symptom; but then, he's the one who's always consulting doctors.

In a weapons producing nation under Jesus
In the fabled crucible of the free world
Camera crews search for clues amid the detritus
And entertainment shapes the land

Although I'm mad for Paul Thomas Anderson's new picture, Punch-Drunk
Love
, I also suspect it's made me a little crazy.

On his new album, country-rocker Steve Earle lets politics infuse his music.

The Bush Administration seems to be gunning to make history as the first
great unilateralist government of the twenty-first century.

The closest thing you get to a dull moment in Michael Moore's latest
picture, Bowling for Columbine, is an interview with Marilyn
Manson.

Near the end of Jazz Modernism, Alfred Appel Jr.

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The actor and MSNBC host has a history of unhinged homophobia. So why does he keep getting a pass?

November 15, 2013

The late rocker and Velvet Undergound frontman gave a posthumous performance at the Lincoln Center. 

November 15, 2013

The New Public offers a powerful look at poverty’s impact on education.

November 11, 2013

Remembering Lou Reed.

October 30, 2013

Singing against apartheid and for Tibetan freedom, working with Amnesty International and standing with Occupy Wall Street, he was an artist who spoke up and showed up.

October 27, 2013

The American songwriter is just one of many who have interpreted Beethoven's beloved Ode to Joy. 

October 27, 2013

Now, that's what we call circular.

October 22, 2013

On the occasion of Showtime’s new miniseries, reflections on how the world changed when women learned to demand men give them orgasms.

October 7, 2013

The famed American conductor brought Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony to a fractured Germany in 1989.

October 7, 2013

Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States will be rereleased this month on DVD; it tells a different story than the school textbooks we're used to.

October 1, 2013