John Foster / 25 Nov 2022

Think Different

Culture from the Slums, by Jeff Hayton

Based on the flurry of academic titles about it over the last decade, punk has become as common to college curriculums as it is to the Top 40. Why this took so long is baffling.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 17 Nov 2022

Neither the US nor Russia

Sergio Leone’s Fistful of Dollars

Because Sergio Leone didn’t make films set in Europe or ones that obviously dealt with the continent’s problems, he has been excluded from the pantheon of its greatest postwar auteurs: Cocteau, Bergman, Fellini, Godard, Fassbinder, Truffaut, and Antonioni. (...)

Charlie Bertsch / 09 Nov 2022

Post-Rock Against Nostalgia

Paste, by Moin

On their second album, Paste, the London trio of Tom Halstead, Joe Andrews, and Valentina Magaletti fashion a compelling palimpsest of bands that tried to move beyond the clichés of traditional rock and roll without entirely abandoning its foundations.(...)

John Foster / 04 Nov 2022

Alienated by Technology

Non-things: Upheaval in the Lifeworld, by Byung Chul-Han

When talk of the “information age” first began in the 1960s, it implied optimism. Information is knowledge, of which more is better than less, generally speaking.(...)

Charlie Bertsch / 03 Nov 2022

Breaking the Rules

Daisies, by Věra Chytilová

Czech filmmaker Věra Chytilová’s insisted that her remarkable 1966 film Daisies was a critique of decadence, personified in the young women, both named Marie, who are its protagonists. (...)

Josh White / 24 Oct 2022

Tabloid Party Publishing

Remembering Modern Review

The Groucho Club is a Soho institution. It’s an old haunt for celebrities, artists and journalists, and the kind of people who want to mix with them.(...)

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