Aside from his endless capacity for self-invention, Bowie changed the way we experience our own sense of identity. ...more
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Bowie is gone now. The Magic Shop, too. It’s all gone—New York City, too, in a way. ...more
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This week, I’ve found myself thinking about heroism. What makes a hero, anyway? Who should we choose for our heroes? When I was around fourteen, I developed a hero crush on W. C. Fields, of all people! I was delighted when I read about the time he and John Barrymore gave a ride to a […]
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Prince played two shows in Toronto on the Piano & A Microphone tour, and his sets featured a series of covers: the artist performed his take on David Bowie’s “Heroes,” along with Joni Mitchell’s “A Case of You,” Vince Guaraldi’s “Linus & Lucy,” and Bob Marley’s “Waiting in Vain.” Watch recordings of the covers at Pitchfork.
When in need of comfort, it’s always worth trying close reading. ...more
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However, it’s taken me too long to say: The Force Awakens really is a fun and breathtaking movie ...more
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Today, largely by chance, a television show that was created to empower a new generation of young girls has become a beacon of strength for a community of grown men. ...more
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In 1958 Ian Fleming and Raymond Chandler discussed each other’s writing in this BBC interview. Being seasoned wordsmiths on the subject, they discuss what makes a British thriller versus an American thriller (apparently “thriller” is an elusive term), heroes and villains and frustrations with bestseller lists. This conversation is definitely worth a listen!