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Music Critic — The New Yorker
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On Top - The New Yorker — Mariah Carey is thirty-six years old, and, barring a debilitating illness, or another movie as bad as "Glitter," her 2001 vanity project, she will likely break the world record for the most No. 1 songs before she turns forty. The Beatles had twenty, and Carey is currently tied with Elvis Presley for second place, at seventeen.

The M.C. Who Fell to Earth — Anybody who reports on the arts will eventually feel the fear of crying wolf: If I tell people that I just saw the greatest thing ever, will it undo the last time I said it? How many times can you say something like that before all the claims coalesce into a weak mist of approval?

An Inescapable Voice on "Black Messiah" — After more than a decade of near silence, rumors, and rampant speculation, the elusive soul singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist D'Angelo dropped "Black Messiah" on December 15th. The album was both an unexpected gift and a timely political statement that was well-received in many corners of a hungry music world.

Fade Out - The New Yorker — In 2003, when I was writing for Slate, I took issue with Alex Ross's allegation, in a column for The New Yorker, that Justin Timberlake might not own a pen. (Ross's column was not, in large part, about Timberlake.) This was before Twitter, when people had to learn Movable Type and start a blog if they wanted to say ridiculous things.

The Sleater-Kinney Solution — In December, 2011, Carrie Brownstein was sitting on Corin Tucker's couch, in Portland, Oregon. Once bandmates in an indie-rock group called Sleater-Kinney, which they started in 1994 and named after a highway exit ramp in Olympia, Washington, Brownstein and Tucker hadn't played together since 2006.

Why Christine McVie Came Back to Fleetwood Mac — By the time Christine McVie arrived at the Morrison Hotel Gallery, in SoHo, she had been up for sixteen hours and was dying to remove her false eyelashes. "They're so heavy," she said, as she tilted her head onto her clasped hands for the benefit of her manager, who had promised her an early exit.

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2015-01-12 - The New Yorker — A Map of Betrayal, by Ha Jin (Pantheon). Gary Shang, the protagonist of Ha's seventh novel, is a Chinese spy in America. His story is narrated by his daughter Lillian, a college professor who travels to China in search of the Chinese family her father left behind. A modest, unobtrusive...

D’Angelo Reborn — Almost three years ago, some friends gathered around a laptop in my apartment and watched footage apparently shot on a smartphone of a concert given a few days earlier, in Paris. The performer was D'Angelo, the R. & B.

2014 in Review - The New Yorker

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Apr 27, 2015

David Simon: "When cop cars were burned on 'The Wire,' I gave voice to the voiceless. I didn't mean the voiceless should actually be heard."

Apr 27, 2015

Violence against property & violence against people are so distinct they should be separated, rhetorically, just as fireworks and arson are.

Apr 06, 2015

looking forward to the human as confident as a stack of ASCII \(•_•) ( (> / \

Apr 03, 2015

didn't think this one through Will Smith isn't always in Miami ok noted

Apr 02, 2015

never too late to EGOT or share your bank information out loud at a Marriott

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