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Parenting after divorce: the art of not being ugly

theguardian.com — Ten years ago, roughly nine months into our divorce, my ex and I started to build a relationship. The immediate aftermath of our split had been a sour blend of quiet and hurt. We tried to make politeness our default position, and it occasionally held.

Hip-Hop's Hall Monitors

villagevoice.com — In February of 2004, Chappelle's Show introduced a skit called "A Moment in the Life of Lil Jon." In his first appearance, Dave Chappelle's Lil Jon checks in for a flight and responds to questions from an airline agent with modified versions of the punctuations Lil Jon turned into a...

Mourning José Fernández

newyorker.com — Monday night's game between the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets was the first the Marlins had played since their twenty-four-year-old star pitcher José Fernández died in a boating accident on Sunday. A few minutes before game time, the entire Marlins roster, every member wearing a Fernández jersey, assembled around the pitching mound.

A Smartphone Game That Captures the Futility of “Work-Life Balance”

newyorker.com — Last month in Wired, the writer Mary H. K. Choi embedded herself in the social-media world of five American teen-agers, exploring their habits and codes of conduct on an array of platforms, chiefly Snapchat and Instagram. Her report was refreshingly free of the sorts of scandalizing details that typically pervade writing about teens, replaced, instead, by a set of heartening and counterintuitive insights.

When Rent Was Cheap and Dance Music Reigned

newyorker.com — Halfway through Tim Lawrence's "Life and Death on the New York Dance Floor: 1980-1983," a six-hundred-page book about four years in the life of a dozen New York City clubs, there's a short chapter called "Shrouded Abatements and Mysterious Deaths."

High and Mighty - The New Yorker

newyorker.com — Dwayne Carter, the twenty-four-year-old rapper from New Orleans known as Lil Wayne, hasn't released an album or a single in months, though he has appeared as a guest on songs by other artists. But he is indisputably the rapper of the year. He has been recording songs constantly-sometimes three or four a night.

Bon Iver’s New Voice

newyorker.com — Singing in falsetto is, by definition, a kind of false projection into the world. About a decade ago, when Justin Vernon, the principal member of Bon Iver, was recording the songs that became the band's début album, "For Emma, Forever Ago," he realized that ranging just above his usual register made it easier to sing about memories that were otherwise too painful to recount.

The Irresistible Chaos of 75 Dollar Bill

villagevoice.com — In the late Eighties and early Nineties, mutts thrived in New York. Bands like Curlew, Mofongo, The Scene Is Now, and V-Effect were descendants of all countries and none. Their music held traces of jazz harmony, prog-rock structures, the unpredictable accelerants of free improvisation, noise, melody, and force. As the...

The Beat Don’t Stop

newrepublic.com — Baz Luhrmann would not have been my first, third, or tenth choice to direct a show about how hip-hop, disco, and Ed Koch all handled New York in 1977. As a director, his production design is unmatched; as for making the parts of the film that transmit narrative, I have found most of his decisions almost unwatchable.

M.I.A.’s Provocative Pop

newyorker.com — Later this month, the inaugural London offshoot of Afropunk Fest-the forward-thinking musical event, held annually in Brooklyn, that explores race, identity, and visual art in black counterculture-will take place. Initially, the headliner was to be Maya Arulpragasam, the forty-one-year-old pop star known as M.I.A.
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