Literary criticism suffers from elitism, claims Elisabeth Donnelly over at Flavorwire, and the solution is introducing a poptimism revolution. The term poptimism originated in the music world as a reaction to stodgy music reviewers’ love of Bob Dylan and “argues for a more inclusive view of what matters and what’s pleasurable in music.” Donnelly insists that book reviewers and literary culture could stand to benefit from a wider audience by embracing popular books....more
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In this second installment, Allyson McCabe sits down with Tony Mangurian, a gifted and versatile engineer, producer, composer, and musician who’s worked with everyone from Willie Nelson to U2, Luscious Jackson to Devendra Banhart....more
Tyler Doyle reviews THE COOL SCHOOL, edited by Glenn O’Brien, today in The Rumpus Book Review....more
A few months ago, we sang the praises of Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde with an essay from Helena Fitzgerald.
This month, CBS Records is releasing bootlegs/session tracks from a different, much less beloved Dylan album: Self Portrait.
Kevin Courrier has some thoughts on why Another Self Portrait could be what the original wasn’t and what it (perhaps unintentionally) tells us about Dylan’s “violent battles with his audience to keep redefining himself.”...more
The album was the warm yellow window of someone else’s house as you walk by on a cold night. Listening to it was the feeling you get when you look into this stranger’s window and wish you lived there....more
Whether writing about Mozart or Björk, punk rock or opera, Alex Ross urges readers to search for the moments when the familiar becomes strange....more
How I Became a Music Critic:
At age 19, I was assigned to review Bob Dylan in concert, despite the fact that I had very little sense of who Bob Dylan was. I was doing a summer internship at my hometown paper, and the regular critic had fallen ill....more