The dominant message is complicated by a series of stereotypical and challenging racial referents, gradually politicizing the song and giving it accumulated weight.
Music has started to sound different. The idea of the album is on the chopping block as websites make playlists for us.
“Loneliness is a state of lack, a longing, and though that can be acutely painful it’s also interesting.”
John McTiernan’s Die Hard opened twenty-five years ago to a mixed reception, receiving both popular praise and critical loathing.
Our music editor Anna-Lynne is in love with “Sea of Love” by The National so hard that she selected it to be our song of the month for November.
New books this week: A Life in Books by Warren Lehrer, At Night We Walk in Circles by Daniel Alarcón, and Johnny Cash: The Life by Robert Hilburn
Donna Tartt’s first book in ten years, The Goldfinch, comes out this week; Charles Blackstone releases a new book; and fans of The Beatles and Philip Roth get early Halloween treats.
New books from Dave Eggers, Chuck Palahniuk, Andre Dubus III, George Pelecanos and Jo Baker. Plus: Fear of Flying 40 years later, and habits of the most creative people.