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Jamming Econo: ‘Our Band Could Be Your Life’

How to create a successful indie rock band in 10 simple steps: 1. Consume music and other art omnivorously, absorbing influences anywhere and everywhere. 2. Buy an instrument, secondhand if need be. Learn to play it competently (or not — … Continue reading

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Old Money, New Money, Green Money, Blue Money: ‘The Great Gatsby’

OK, let’s get something straight right off the bat: There’s really nothing new to say about ‘The Great Gatsby.’ There’s probably an entire library’s worth of criticism, counter-criticism and counter-counter-criticism about the book. In fact, just by writing about it, … Continue reading

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‘The Great Derangement’: Laugh ‘Til You Cry

Loony lefty conspiracy movements. Christian megachurches. The Florida GOP. Capitol Hill. In the middle of the last decade, Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi waded neck-deep through all of these fever swamps and came out of the other side with The … Continue reading

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No Death? No Dice: ‘The Postmortal’

Drew Magary is one of the funniest writers on the whole damn Internet. NO ONE DENIES THIS. I’ve been reading his stuff on Deadspin for awhile, and when it comes to humor, the guy always delivers. I particularly enjoy the … Continue reading

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Great Gonzo: ‘Let It Blurt’

If you saw the semi-autobiographical film “Almost Famous,” chances are you recall Philip Seymour Hoffman playing music critic Lester Bangs. There are a few reasons why you would remember it. For one, Hoffman is a recognizable actor in a movie … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life and Other Concerns: ‘The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet’

With a title like The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, you have to wonder what the book’s about. As it turns out, the real question is: What isn’t it about? Author David Mitchell’s work features a love triangle, a … Continue reading

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‘The Boys of October’: The Best of Times in the Worst of Times

The mid-1970s was not a great time for America. The country, which had just gone through Watergate, Vietnam, and the dissolution of the original Bretton-Woods system, faced widespread gas shortages, high inflation, rising unemployment, and geopolitical turbulence. There was a … Continue reading

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