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By Emily Tobey   Ever since the word feminism first appeared in public discourse in the late 1800’s, it has stimulated debate and disagreement about its meaning and purpose. The basic definition of feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality with men. The fundamental tenor of […]

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  In “Madeline, Imperfection, Love, and Loss” (Zeteo, 11.25.2015), Joy Yeager reminds us of that priceless book for children and adults called, simply, Madeline. It’s the story, as she reminds us, “of a little girl, an orphan, who lives in an old house in Paris, with eleven other girls.” A nun, Miss Clavel, is in […]

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I’ve just finished listening to a talk given in London by Daniel Barenboim, conductor at La Scala, and known for his beautiful renditions of Chopin and Schubert. He is less known for his work with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra of Seville, whose players are young Palestinian, Jordanian, Israeli, Syrian, and Egyptian musicians. Barenboim is a […]

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Current events and dialogue frequently remind me of the late poet and musician, Sekou Sundiata. As a former student in his “America Project” class, I, like many others, was greatly influenced by his teachings. Sekou’s 2000 album, Long Story Short, features a song called “Reparations,” which was also performed by him on Russell Simmons’s popular HBO series, Def […]

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In August 2013, lawyers representing recording artists Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams filed a preemptive lawsuit in defense of their chart-topping single, “Blurred Lines.” Fearing litigation from the family of Marvin Gaye due to the song’s striking similarities to his 1977 hit “Got to Give it Up,” Thicke and Williams teamed up. Their inclination could […]

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For DJ’s, reviewing and preparing music is a regular occurrence. In this process old songs find ways to creep into rotation in the most unsuspected of ways. This happened to me last week when preparing for “Backayard Sessions.” While I did not spin the song at the event, “Dog Better Than Man” (by the Trinidadian […]

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Last Saturday I went to see Rubén Blades play live. Blades may very well be the greatest salsa music composer still playing today. This is due, in large part, to the fact that he is a healthy salsa musician, far removed from the late night excesses of his contemporaries, many of which have passed away. Blades […]

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{click for pdf} In La société de la consommation (1970; The Consumer Society) the sociologist Jean Baudrillard wrote of how the urbanization and industrialization of human life had created new rarities: “space and time, clean air, greenery, water, silence . . . Some goods, previously free and readily available, are becoming luxury goods that only […]

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Antwain Steward, a.k.a. Twain Gotti, is a young rapper from Virginia whose trial for murder and related charges recently resulted in a conviction. The case was newsworthy not for the crime or for the result, but rather for the way in which Mr. Steward’s own music was used as evidence against him. Seeing the verdict, I […]

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The Racialized Other Moves Still The (Counter-)Power of Dance, Dance Floors, and Deejays By Ghaida Moussa Click here for PDF version.    My entry into the practice of deejaying stems from my deep-rooted relationship with music. I know firsthand the power of good soundtracks to pivotal moments in life. I think about a good drive […]

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The Atomization of America and Its Popular Music Culture Todd Rongstad   A significant cultural shift in the American community is underway that is reflected in dramatic form by a comparative consideration of popular music and its cultural processes over the last century. A fundamentally singular popular culture of the twentieth century is atomizing into […]

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A Syrian man holds lifeless body of his son, killed by Syrian Army, Aleppo, Syria, October 3, 2013, photo by Manu Brabo - AP

The Atomization of America and Its Popular Music Culture Todd Rongstad   A significant cultural shift in the American community is underway that is reflected in dramatic form by a comparative consideration of popular music and its cultural processes over the last century. A fundamentally singular popular culture of the twentieth century is atomizing into […]

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February 8, 2017

How does the slogan “man is a wolf to man” fit in with your later, somewhat hopeful image of camaraderie in the class struggle? I mean, if your starting assessment of human nature is correct, then doesn’t the class struggle actually come down to one group of savage beasts fighting another, the exploited class merely comprising those wolves with less opportunity to express their lupine ferocity? And don’t the exploiters no less than the exploited regularly turn against one another, so that besides the strife of classes, there is also the strife of each wolf against every other wolf? Wha...

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The Atomization of America and Its Popular Music Culture Todd Rongstad   A significant cultural shift in the American community is underway that is reflected in dramatic form by a comparative consideration of popular music and its cultural processes over the last century. A fundamentally singular popular culture of the twentieth century is atomizing into […]

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December 13, 2016

Any doubts I may have had have been thoroughly quashed.

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The Atomization of America and Its Popular Music Culture Todd Rongstad   A significant cultural shift in the American community is underway that is reflected in dramatic form by a comparative consideration of popular music and its cultural processes over the last century. A fundamentally singular popular culture of the twentieth century is atomizing into […]

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November 29, 2016

What a nice review ! I've read Bakewell and admire her courage and skill in mixing biography and philosophy in such an attractive way -- and I admire your skill in presenting the figures and themes of existentialism in an equally attractive way ! Mazel tov !

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