All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—with consumption of new music actually shrinking. How did we get here, and is there a way…
A remarkable blues musician emerged from obscurity in 1959, but something about him just didn’t seem right.
We've lost one of our finest critics—but he was much more than that for me. Let me tell you how I met Terry.
Michael Brecker was a legend among saxophonists, but 15 years after his death, the music media still undervalues his artistry.
Yes, there’s music in Hell, but don’t expect angels with harps. A thread on Reddit discussing the matter got 6,000 responses—some quite surprising. But…
I celebrate the life—and mourn the death—of philosopher Michael Inwood, who left us on the last day of 2021.
In which the author expostulates on his odd notions about sports, music, and life
These get stranger the farther you go down the list
I take a long hard look at the current scene, and serve up a sad list of incorrect forecasts
And he’s not the only one—robots are hot in highbrow fiction. Here I look at 3 recent 'serious' stories with protagonist built from bits and pieces.
I only saw Bill Evans in the flesh on one occasion—and it was just ten days before he died.
I revisit Ross Macdonald's strange crime fiction classic The Underground Man (1971)—which is about as soft-boiled as hard-boiled fiction ever gets.