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How the Music Industry Capitalized on Foodie Culture -- and Why the Culinary World Is Turning the Tables

A few months ago, in a foreign city I’d never visited before, I found myself fondling raw steak in a pitch-black room. Despite the disconcerting situation, all I could focus on was the conversation taking place several tables away: an argument between two men over a friendly bet. 3,891 more words

Music

25 Women Who Drove the Culture in 2014

A thousand and one Internet blowups punctuated 2014, a long and eventful year full of triumph and tragedy for women and and trans folks in American culture. 1,713 more words

Pop Culture

The Best Films Set in Los Angeles

“I’m from California, I’m from Los Angeles, I was born in 1970, so there was a straight flush of reasons to be interested in this era,” … 1,066 more words

Film

The Best Novels of 2014

Let me open contentiously: I’m bored by the 2014 year-end lists in literature, especially from big print newspapers. The reason? There is a measure of comfort in books coverage that breaks faith with the lively, exploratory spirit of contemporary literature. 1,317 more words

Books

35 Susan Sontag Quotes on Art, Writing, and Life

There’s a preview screening of the new HBO documentary Regarding Susan Sontag at MoMA today, before it airs on television on December 8. Sontag’s prose style captivated readers and her assertive critical stance never failed to invite controversy. 1,080 more words

Pop Culture

The 10 Best Books by Academic Publishers in 2014

2014 was a great year for books all around, but academic publishing in particular branched out, with quality works in philosophy, poetry, fiction, and history. This was, of course, the year of Piketty’s broad, sweeping economic tome  678 more words

Books

Run the Jewels: The Definitive History of How Killer Mike and El-P Became Hip-Hop's Favorite Odd Couple

On Killer Mike’s “God in the Building II,” a deep cut off 2011’s Pl3dge, the former Outkast associate raps about meeting a devil at the crossroads who offers him success in exchange for his soul. 4,679 more words

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