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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 get to the first installment until last night because of writing deadlines and travel. Because of that, I’m including early-April […]

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.

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Over the last few months, I’ve been reading a lot of young, black poets. My entry point was Hanif Abdurraqib’s book of essays, They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us — a collection of music criticism that is one of my favorite books in the last five years. From there I spun outward into Abdurraqib’s poetry collection, The […]

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

Our Crapo Government

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On March 2, 2018

Sometimes the jokes really do just write themselves: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Thursday the Senate will turn to a banking bill next week, dashing hopes of many senators in both

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