Category Archives: Literature

Author Don’t Preach

I like Michael Chabon, generally.  The Yiddish Policemen’s Union—my favorite, far and away—has a blisteringly vivid and authentic tone and trajectory, and one of the things I’ll be grieving this Yom Kippur is the Coen Brothers’ eventual decision not to … Continue reading

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Apocalypse music history

In Michael Chabon’s enormously enjoyable recent novel Telegraph Avenue, there is a great passage on music that I will reproduce here in lieu of writing my full-on continuation of the whole syllabus thing. The one I want to quote is a longish … Continue reading

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Ontogeny, dammit

I’m not going to lie: one of the reasons I wanted to start blogging again was to pimp my book. And for those just joining us, that book is Dig: Sound and Music in Hip Culture. And oh look, the “look … Continue reading

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