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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.

Eric Church and Luke Bryan’s Expansive Country Music — In July, Nielsen SoundScan released its midyear sales figures. The top-selling album, at 2.7 million records, was the soundtrack of the animated movie "Frozen." Second, selling almost two million fewer copies, was Beyoncé's self-titled album. Third, not far behind, was Eric Church's "The Outsiders," released in February. At No.

Object of Interest: The Vocoder — The vocoder-part military technology, part musical instrument-has had quite a history. In our new Object of Interest video, we explore the vocoder in settings ranging from the Second World War to Kraftwerk parties, featuring interviews with Laurie Anderson, Cozmo D, Dave Tompkins, and Frank Gentges. Nate Lavey is a video producer at

What Can’t Be Sung: Xiaolu Guo and Nellie McKay in Conversation with Sasha Frere-Jones — Do novelists, poets, and musicians explore culture in different ways? How do they tell stories of introspection? Do the processes of writing music and writing literature speak to each other? How do they map the past and present in our increasingly connected world?

Brian Eno’s Quiet Influence : The New Yorker — The genius of Brian Eno is in removing the idea of genius. His method is a rebuke to the assumption that a project can be powered by one person's intent, or that intent is even worth worrying about.

Out of Sight - The New Yorker — Over the break, I headed to MOMA to see the superb Abstract Expressionism exhibit that currently occupies the fourth floor (and which Peter Schjeldahl wrote about in the magazine, in a review that's available to subscribers).

Terrence Malick and Earlyism — We live in an age of discontinuity and disruption. Sitting last Thursday in a deli in Lake George with my family, I noticed that, when we had finished our sandwiches, we all checked our cell phones for messages, and I tweeted the underlying idea of what was going on with that technology: something happening somewhere else is, at the moment, more important than something happening here.

Douglas Sirk’s “Interlude,” a Hidden Masterwork — It's one thing when a movie in first run or in a notable repertory series becomes a prominent subject of discussion. It's another when a great movie, even a Hollywood classic with familiar stars, is kept from due consideration by the accident of unavailability.
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Oct 22, 2014

RT @clovito: I'm speaking at a CUNY panel on Oct. 30 (The Only Girl in the Room: Women in Music Journalism), open to the public |…

Oct 21, 2014

if there is a new Marcel then maybe the Party Down movie is real

Oct 21, 2014

"I’m having to hear the name 'Dark Lord Sauron, Necromancer' rather more than is necessary."

Oct 21, 2014

Honored to be appearing on October 29 at @BAM_Brooklyn in conversation with @herbiehancock. Tickets etc:

Oct 18, 2014

@sacharmathias that is perfect and very you (though the cape colors are wrong). Why has Amanda Lear 2.0 not happened? *prays to Giorgio*

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