Author: Elizabeth Nelson

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Sometimes, when I can’t face my deadlines, I have this conversation with myself: “Hey Beth, that review/feature/cultural meditation isn’t going to write itself. Every minute that ticks by is one more minute where you elect to marinate in decadent mediocrity. How many times have you checked today to see if *non-vital player* on your fantasy […]
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A very few songwriters have ever as fully inhabited the consciousness of the American mind quite like Merle Haggard. The endless compassion and simmering anger of his greatest songs trace the competing impulses towards mercy and cruelty which soundtracks the manic-depressive character of our culture. Haggard is at once the truest believer and the worst  […]
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Hello! Got a couple news items for ya, in case you missed them: Over at the New York Times Magazine I wrote about HBO’s highly entertaining “Winning Time,” the ethical dilemma posed by its depiction of Jerry West and the contemporary vogue for prefabricated narratives which I call Oven-Ready TV. Also: My esteemed colleague Paul […]
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Two decades after his toy shop-Bowie breakthrough Streethawk: A Seduction, Dan Bejar remains as protean, ambitious and gloriously distracted as his foundational hero. Over the course of the last twenty years he has released LPs as fully realized as 2011’s universally acclaimed Kaputt and as aesthetically disjunctive as 2004’s Yer Blues, becoming in the process one […]
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