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Fifth Grade - The New Yorker — For people under thirty, Eminem may be the most significant recording artist in the English-speaking world. His previous album, "The Eminem Show," sold eight million copies in a little under a year. (The Beastie Boys' "Licensed to Ill," an equally politically incorrect though vastly superior record by equally white rappers, took twelve years to sell that many copies.)

Briefly Noted Book Reviews — Wagstaff , by Philip Gefter (Liveright). The art collector and curator Sam Wagstaff championed minimalism in the nineteen-sixties and photography in the seventies, and is often remembered as the lover and patron of Robert Mapplethorpe.

The Swedish Invasion — Do you like Swedish pop music? The answer is probably yes, even if you can't name a single artist born in Sweden. Do you like Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold"? Pink's "Please Don't Leave Me"? Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone"?

Depth on the Dance Floor: The Music of DJ Sprinkles — In 1970, when he was twenty-one, Gil Scott-Heron released his début album, "Small Talk at 125th and Lenox." The opening track, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," was an instant classic, but the album also featured a song that many fans would rather forget, called "The Subject Was Faggots."

This Charming Man — Considering how American the feeling is, there should be a word in English for the despair that attends our moments of racial atomization. Every few years, an event flares through the unsheathed wiring of our collective guilt, enmity, and shame, and it feels like we have fewer words than ever.

Bob Dylan’s “The Basement Tapes Complete” — On July 29, 1966, Bob Dylan became distracted while riding his motorcycle. Nobody knows what caught his eye-he told Sam Shepard that it was the sun; he told the biographer Robert Shelton that he hit an oil slick-but he ended up at the bottom of a hill in Woodstock, New York, with his Triumph beside him.

What’s Lost When the Cloud Replaces CDs — Recently, while moving my CD collection to new shelving, I struggled with feelings of obsolescence and futility. Why bother with space-devouring, planet-harming plastic objects when so much music can be had at the touch of a trackpad-on Spotify, Pandora, Beats Music, and other streaming services that rain sonic data from the virtual entity known as the Cloud?

I Am a Camera: An Interview with Rachel Kushner — "The Flamethrowers," Rachel Kushner's second novel, has been widely and justly praised, including in this magazine. The book brings together the seventies art world, the First World War, motorcycle racing, and political upheavals in the U.S. and Italy without forcing any connections.

The Bush Doctrine — In 2001, the former Sex Pistol John Lydon called the British singer and songwriter Kate Bush "fucking brilliant," and earlier wrote a song specifically for her to perform (she declined). In 2004, the Atlanta rapper Big Boi told the Observer that Bush was his favorite artist of all time.

Ambient Genius - The New Yorker — In January, 1975, the musician Brian Eno and the painter Peter Schmidt released a set of flash cards they called "Oblique Strategies." Friends since meeting at art school, in the late sixties, they had long shared guidelines that could pry apart an intellectual logjam, providing options when they couldn't figure out how to move forward.
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Nov 25, 2014

"When a bunch of songs sound alike, for a time, that is not a problem — it’s a history lesson." @eweisbard in LARB:

Nov 25, 2014

RT @cordjefferson: Here is something I wrote last year about America's deadly fear of black people:…

Nov 25, 2014

RT @desconcentrado: Single .zip with all of the #Ferguson Grand Jury transcripts (PDF and plain text)

Nov 25, 2014

MT @dstfelix: The state sets exorbitant bails during protest. You can donate to bail funds to help offset.

Nov 24, 2014

America should have been named like a tropical storm, something with a beginning and an end

Nov 24, 2014

"Walking around, fucking around, soon you won't be around." — basketball coach on Fulton who may or may not have actual team

Nov 24, 2014

Does give us legitimate reason to say "How is the Cranberry Tube?" and watch tourists get super awkward face.

Nov 24, 2014

@sarahrlnrd "leaving on the hour every hour, stopping mostly at food trucks and that weird little island in the East River"

Nov 24, 2014

@sarahrlnrd wait this is re-branding moment for the cops / sorry i fell asleep there for a second / *builds seasteading structure*

Nov 24, 2014

@sarahrlnrd if DiBlasio and Bratton are willing to take everyone to work in their tank, that might be OK

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