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Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY
Critic-at-Large, T Magazine — New York Times

Critic-at-large for T, the New York Times Style Magazine. Book-in-progress: Two Wheels Good: A Bicycle History of the World (2016-ish).

Grandmaster Sachs — With his handcrafted, fully functioning boomboxes, the artist Tom Sachs celebrates a bygone analog era, and reflects on what's been lost now that all the world's music can reside in our pockets.

The Colossal Strangeness of China's Most Excellent Tourist City — Ordos, like so many of the country's hundreds of new towns, is famous for being empty - a symbol, some would say, of the hubris of rampant urbanization. But the few people who live there see it differently. ORDOS, A MAGICAL LAND in the just north of China, is a dazzling pearl in the world history and culture.

Her Highness - The New Yorker — "Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream," a documentary that débuted Saturday on HBO and airs dozens more times over the next month, is, as the opening credits inform us, "A Beyoncé Knowles Film." This is an understatement. Beyoncé is the film's star, narrator, and only talking head; she's billed as executive producer, co-director, and co-writer.

The Knowledge, London's Legendary Taxi-Driver Test, Puts Up a Fight in the Age of GPS — The examination to become a London cabby is possibly the most difficult test in the world - demanding years of study to memorize the labyrinthine city's 25,000 streets and any business or landmark on them. As GPS and Uber imperil this tradition, is there an argument for learning as an end in itself?

Bhutan: A Higher State of Being — In the vertiginous mountains of the South Asian nation, where happiness is akin to holiness, bicycling has become much more than a national pastime. It's a spiritual journey. In Bhutan, there is a king who rides a bicycle up and down the mountains.

In Praise of the Humble Knot — They're as old as humankind and used by practically every person on the planet every day, so how come they're so underappreciated? Knot enthusiasts like to say that civilization is held together by knots. It sounds like a wisecrack - but if you take a look around, you may begin to see the truth behind the quip.

Animal Traffic — The trade in illegal wildlife is a $19 billion annual business with ties to the Russian mob and Islamic extremists, and there's one place the world turns to investigate the crime: a federal forensics lab (and curiosity cabinet) in a hippie town in Oregon. At about 12:45 a.m.

Welcome to the Integratron — Go Back to Home In the wee hours of Aug. 24, 1953, George Van Tassel, a 43-year-old former aviation engineer, was awakened by a man from outer space. Six years earlier, Van Tassel had moved with his family to Landers, Calif., a place of stark beauty and rainbow sunsets in the southeastern corner of the Mojave Desert, 40 desolate miles due north of Palm Springs.

jodyrosen | This Is My Jam

The Playlist | The Best of Queen Bey — Jody Rosen, T's critic at large, interviewed Beyoncé Knowles for the cover of T's culture issue, which hits newsstands June 15. "The way she sings, her approach to rhythm and harmony, her dancing - it's all very strange and sui generis," he says of the singer.
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Apr 23, 2015

@marathonpacks @Chris__Richards Agree. Ditto D'Angelo. It's not like Migos or Katy P won Pazz/Jop! (PS love Kendrick & D'Angelo.)

Apr 23, 2015

@Chris__Richards @marathonpacks For me poptimism = debunking rockist shibboleths & approaching all musics/audiences w/curiosity. Full stop.

Apr 23, 2015

@Chris__Richards Yes all isms can be reductive but I can't think of a worthwhile critic who rubber-stamps any artist. Not a true problem IMO

Apr 23, 2015

@Chris__Richards @marathonpacks Definitely, but I don't think poptimism per se is what's behind the clickbait economy.

Apr 23, 2015

@Chris__Richards @marathonpacks I mean beyond dopey clickbait headlines about it how Kendrick Lamar is beyond reproach?

Apr 23, 2015

@Chris__Richards @marathonpacks Can you provide links to examples of the (shoddy consensus) criticism you have in mind?

Apr 23, 2015

@Chris__Richards Main difference now is that consensus more often forms around women/black artists/teenpop/etc than it once did.

Apr 23, 2015

@Chris__Richards I mean, Beatles, Dylan, Clash, Public Enemy, you name it. There have always been consensus artists/albums. What's new?

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