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Masses of people driven from their homes, murdered, maimed, raped, sent into panicked flight.

Tom Waits is an imaginary hobo. He cruises the oddball corners of American pop culture, collecting the deft and moving and loopy short takes he sees and imagines there.

Most Americans don't like instrumental music.

Does it seem to you that feminism this past year was just one long gargle over the meaning of Monica? That the biggest women's issue was whether oral sex is sex?

For the past year and a half, I've been spending most of my time between 1922 and 1979--the years of Charles Mingus's birth and death, since I'm writing his biography, due to be published next ye

On the eve of the New York premiere of his

Symphony No.

I didn't realize how much I was counting on Larry Flynt until I noticed I had spent Monday evening trying to find on the Web or TV a report of the much-anticipated news conference in which h

Blogs

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

September 11, 2014

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

September 3, 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

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

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

The students rigged up a PA system and played Beethoven’s Ninth over and over.

June 3, 2014

Eric reviews Jazz Fest 2014. 

May 9, 2014

The quivering throngs of teen-aged girls, The Nation’s reviewer wrote, said much more about the susceptibility of Americans to fashionable trends than it did about the talent or novelty of the group itself.

March 8, 2014

Eric with the latest reviews and Reed on accountability in mainstream journalism. 

February 26, 2014