Contributing Writer, New York Times Magazine. Book-in-progress: Two Wheels Good: A Bicycle History of the World (2017-ish).

A Pal to Stars, Mobsters and Other Crumb Bums

nytimes.com — One day in 1997, when Kristi Jacobson was working in the documentary division of ABC News, she glanced over a co-worker's shoulder and noticed Toots Shor's name in the New York Times crossword puzzle. Ms. Jacobson casually mentioned that Mr. Shor, the fabled New York saloonkeeper, was her grandfather.

Paul Simon on New Album 'Stranger to Stranger,' Donald Trump and America's Anger Addiction

billboard.com — Paul Simon has a bit of a cold, and he knows where he caught it: on a plane a couple of days back. "I stepped off that flight, and I said, 'Uh-oh.' " Simon is in the midst of a two-month-long tour in support of his 12th studio album, Stranger to Stranger, and he needs to keep his singing voice stage-ready.

How ‘Everything’ Became the Highest Form of Praise

nytimes.com — Boiled down, Barnum's message was: My show contains all the wonder and sensation in the world; my show is everything. That same idea is endlessly reiterated by advertising. "It slices, it dices"; "Who could ask for anything more?"; "I'd like to buy the world a Coke."

Jennifer Nettles on New Album, Country's Gender Imbalance and Hillary Clinton

billboard.com — Jennifer Nettles has one of those singing voices that cuts through speakers. So it makes sense that when the country star talks about her craft, the metaphors quickly turn, well, sharp. "I love being able to work with a fine ­dentist's tool as a singer in terms of nuance.

Mister Softee’s Greatest Hit

nytimes.com — We are just one-third of the way through 2016, and we have already been so overwhelmed by the loss of musical heroes that it feels impossible to make room for more grief. But Les Waas, who died on April 19 at age 94, deserves a page in our Book of Lamentations.

Corinne Bailey Rae on New Album 'The Heart Speaks in Whispers'

billboard.com — "I'm not shy!" says Corinne Bailey Rae, loudly while laughing -- and only a fool would argue with her. The 37-year-old English singer-songwriter, sitting in a Manhattan ­restaurant on a blustery day, is petite, just 5 feet 3 inches tall, but her luxuriant hair adds inches to her height.

Prince and the Competition

nytimes.com — One of the more impressive artifacts making the Internet rounds in the last 24 hours is a video, recorded at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, of an all-star band playing the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps."

His Majesty, Prince

thenation.com — Which is why the taut, radio-friendly Musicology has struck so many listeners as a delightful surprise. Just twelve songs and forty-seven minutes long, it's a proper album, not another three hour, triple-CD set like Prince's behemoth Emancipation (1996), and it sounds super.

Billboard Cover: Marc Anthony on Magnus Media, Opposing Donald Trump and More

billboard.com — He has sold more than 10 million records, survived a high-profile marriage to J.Lo and is now -- from a lavish new home base in Miami -- building a management company of musicians and athletes to rival Jay Z's Roc Nation. As he "steps up" against Trump, the GOP and music-business-as-usual, the odds are in his favor.

Lionel Richie’s Hello sums up the American singer’s appeal

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Jul 26, 2016

RT @jonfavs: Bill Clinton's speeches aren't made for Twitter. You have to wait and listen until the end for the big payoff. And he certainly delivered.


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