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DAMN.

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On April 20, 2018

On Monday, rapper Kendrick Lamar won the Pulitzer Prize for music for his 2017 masterpiece DAMN. It was the first time that a musician who isn’t a jazz or classical composer has won the music Pulitz

New Music Roundup

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On April 11, 2018

At the beginning of the year, I quietly committed myself to trying to do a quarterly rundown of my favorite new music releases. In characteristic fashion, I screwed this up from the jump, and didn’t

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The Silence

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On April 9, 2018
Junot Diaz is one of this country’s greatest living writers. His new essay on being raped when he was a child, and on the half life of that trauma, is so painful, so breathtaking, so essential. I don’t know how much there is to discuss about it, but I think it’s an important read regardless. That […]
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Mike Pence’s Gay Bunny

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On March 23, 2018
I’ve been absent from the blog lately as I make a mad dash to the finish on my book manuscript and worriedly Google whether or not I’m still young enough to be drafted in John Bolton’s inevitable war. But dropping in to offer this. This is the story of a little gay bunny. A little […]

The Wire at 10

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On March 6, 2018

The final episode of The Wire aired ten years ago today. In my opinion, it’s the best television show in history. (N.B. I am far from a TV buff.) The Guardian’s Dorian Lynskey has a good r

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