Posts Tagged: Taylor Swift

On Self-Reliance: Frank Ocean as Emersonian Hero

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As Emerson recognizes, someone who couldn’t care less about how they come across is all the more charismatic and convincing.

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#Betrayal: On Instagram, Is Hell Other Women?

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

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The Rumpus Interview with Andi Zeisler

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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.

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Artists Petition Against Streaming Enablers

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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 […]

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David Lowery Sues Spotify

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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 […]

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Sound & Vision: Tony Visconti

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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.

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Camille Paglia on Feminism and the #GirlSquad

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Camille Paglia, a feminist writer and theorist, wrote a damning critique of Taylor Swift’s tendency to curate her group of “friends” and bring them onstage as testimony to her good taste, or dominance, or what have you—namely, the phenomenon that has become attached to the use of #GirlSquad. In an article for The Hollywood Reporter, Paglia […]

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The Rumpus Book Club Chat with Rick Moody

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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.

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Ryan Adams Finishes Cover of 1989 Album

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Ryan Adams recently announced he planned on covering Taylor Swift’s full album 1989. While fans were excited to see alternative versions of hits “Blank Space” and “Style,” many didn’t believe Adams would really finish covering the whole thing. Well… he did! While there isn’t word on when the album will hit the public, for a more comprehensive […]

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“Happily Ever After” for African-American Romance Novelists

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

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Joan Says Goodbye, Taylor Says Hello

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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.

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Revenge Writing

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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 […]

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Taylor Swift: Grammar Crusader?

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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 […]

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

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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.

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The Saturday Rumpus Essay: Falling For The Femme Fatale

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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.

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Sometimes It’s Okay to Read the Comments

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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 […]

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Before the “Dumb Blonde” Joke

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Literary blondes have always held a totemic power….Sex, politics, and power: fictional blondes had it all. For the Toast, Stassa Edwards looks back at centuries of literature and culture—Petrarch’s Laura, Middlemarch‘s Rosamond Vincy, Taylor Swift—to parse the semiotics of blondness. From redemptive purity to sexual danger, we’ve been reading all kinds of meaning into blond hair […]

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