Larkin, Cornered

Cody Walker
June 18, 2015
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On a day that could use some (possibly) bright news, there’s this: Philip Larkin will be getting a memorial stone in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner. He’ll be in fine company: Geoffrey Chaucer and Charles Dickens have graves at the site,…

Teach This, Not That!

Dora Malech
June 17, 2015
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I don’t mean that, of course. Whatever “this” and “that” are, I probably believe in teaching both of them. (This post’s title is really just a silly tongue-firmly-in-cheek reference to a series of “no-diet” diet books called Eat This, Not That!, as I’ve…

The Low Pass Theory, Part 2

Brian Michael Murphy
June 12, 2015
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Beyond the dense childhood memories of musical sound sieved through cinder block, another archetypal memory carried by a number of hip hop producers and artists—including KRS-ONE, the RZA, as well as Da Beatminerz—is the memory of walking through New York…

The Low Pass Theory, Part 1

Brian Michael Murphy
June 11, 2015
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The scene is always the same. My feet are planted far too close to a tower of speakers, my head nodding with near-injurious enjoyment to some now-obscure track selected by the DJ, as he tests how many real hip hop…

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