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Category Archives: Non-Fiction
In Chicago, there’s a little joke that sums up our system of public corruption nicely. It goes something like this: A government official needed to construct a new public facility, so he started looking into contractors around the country to … Continue reading
Back when I wrote about Doug Hornig’s book on the ’75 World Series between Boston and Cincinnati, I touched on the fact that Red Sox ace Bill “Spaceman” Lee was my all-time favorite baseball player. I admire the guy because … Continue reading
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
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
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
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