Posts Tagged: Taylor Swift

instagram-feature

#Betrayal: On Instagram, Is Hell Other Women?

By

Instagram: an app powerful enough to blow a million Think Pieces to smithereens in everything it says about female relations. ...more

unnamed300x300

The Rumpus Interview with Andi Zeisler

By

Andi Zeisler, co-founder of Bitch and author of the new book We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrl to CoverGirl, discusses capitalism, breast implants, pop culture, and feminism. ...more

Artists Petition Against Streaming Enablers

By

A long list of known and respected musicians from a wide variety of genres have signed a petition against the systemic enabling of illegal streaming provided by entities such as YouTube and Google.

The petition urges Congress to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which protects companies that host user sharing from being held accountable for copyright infringement if they take down offending videos or songs when requested by the artist.

...more

David Lowery Sues Spotify

By

The frontman of Camper Van Beethoven filed his second suit in favor of musician’s rights on December 28th, Pitchfork reports. The suit claims that Spotify published tracks without sufficient efforts to obtain copyright permission, and thus illegally distributed.

This case adds itself to a number of legal issues facing the musical subscription service—since last year’s Taylor Swift open letterit’s also apparently been negotiating with the National Music Publishers Association regarding similar claims of music sharing without proper copyright licenses.

...more

Visconti_feature

Sound & Vision #18: Tony Visconti

By

Legendary producer Tony Visconti talks to Allyson McCabe about working with David Bowie, his own touring musical super-group Holy Holy, and his thoughts on the music industry today. ...more

Rick Moody

The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Rick Moody

By

The Rumpus Book Club chats with Rick Moody about his new book Hotels of North America, unreliable narrators, hotel porn, how titles are uncopyrightable, and Internet comment sections. ...more

250

“Happily Ever After” for African-American Romance Novelists

By

Romance novels can’t erase the past, and the present. Chapter by chapter, they do strive toward agency. ...more

Joan Says Goodbye, Taylor Says Hello

By

Andrew Bomback steps into the conversation between Eula Biss and Joan Didion about “Goodbye to All That” and the myth of New York City, bringing along Taylor Swift as his guest. In its author’s privilege and its message of youthful possibility, “Swift’s ‘Welcome to New York’ is far more Didion than Biss,” he writes.

...more

Revenge Writing

By

After about two years of writing essays, I learned about something I will hereby in these pages name the Passive-Aggressive Writer’s Conundrum: People, particularly non-writers, are an optimistic, delusional bunch. If you mention people in an unflattering way without naming them, they will never recognize themselves in your story— even if you name actual details of circumstances surrounding the stories.

...more

Taylor Swift: Grammar Crusader?

By

Proving that the quest for high scores on the SAT is as tragically unhip as ever, The Princeton Review is making headlines for setting off a grammar grudge match with pop sensation Taylor Swift. Swift’s lyrics are not only included in a section on pronoun agreement errors, they’re misquoted (although as Eugene Volokh points out at WaPo, this doesn’t seem to have changed the grammatical point in question). 

...more

Christmas in the Heart

Swinging Modern Sounds #63: It’s Supposed to Be Bad

By

Rick Moody emails with Scott Timberg, author of the new book Culture Crash: The Killing of the Creative Class, about Bob Dylan's new Sinatra covers album, the need for cultural gatekeepers, and the "slippery sub genre" of bad-on-purpose art. ...more

femme fatale

The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Falling For The Femme Fatale

By

If power is going to shift toward equality, men have to see power less as an inherent right and more as something we can be incentivized to relinquish. ...more

Sometimes It’s Okay to Read the Comments

By

It’s a truism among people who spend a lot of time online that you should never, under any circumstances, read the comments—especially not YouTube comments.

But when writer Mark Slutsky broke that rule, he found unexpected flashes of genuine emotion hidden in the cesspool of racial slurs and semiliterate rantings—memories of a deceased friend under a James Blunt song, for example, or a tribute to a young cancer survivor under her favorite Taylor Swift tune.

...more