Better Late Than Never: RAZZMATAZZ by I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

Better Late Than Never: RAZZMATAZZ by I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME

One of my favorite annual traditions is writing retrospective pieces about the year (or decade) in music. And then, as soon as I publish my vast and all-encompassing thoughts about dozens of albums, I find a great new piece of music from that year that I’ve never heard before. And which I, therefore, haven't written [...]

This Is America

This Is America

Do not for a second believe that the events of January 6th, 2021, in which domestic terrorists assaulted the United States Capitol, were fomented only by the words of Donald Trump. The sitting president is a habitual, unrepentant liar and his constant spew of hateful, untruthful rhetoric is of dire consequence for America. But he [...]

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi Was Written Just for Me

Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi Was Written Just for Me

I've never met Susanna Clarke, the reclusive British author best known for her massive and wonderful 2004 historical fantasy novel Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, and so she can't knowingly have written her most recent novel, Piranesi, just for me. But it sure feels like she did. Piranesi is an epistolary novel told through the [...]

Elly

Elly

"I did something bad," she said. Inspired by a workplace speaker, Caitlin had been browsing rescue sites before I got home from work. For months we had been talking about getting a dog but we worried that we weren't ready. Now the search had begun and there were three pups pulling on her heartstrings. She [...]

Paternity Leave

Paternity Leave

2020 has been a, um, challenging year. There was the massive wildfire that destroyed lives, reshaped entire biospheres and underscored the urgency of addressing climate change at every level, as soon as possible. No, not that wildfire, the other one. There were protests against the racial injustice that is baked into American life, a widespread [...]

I Love Everything About The Aces’ Under My Influence

I Love Everything About The Aces’ Under My Influence

When I stumbled across The Aces earlier this year, they felt like HAIM, if the HAIM sisters had spent less time listening to Wilson Phillips and more time listening to New Found Glory. Their songs are undeniably summery and their hooks are undeniably catchy. The short version: If you care about pop music, you should [...]

More Recommended Reading from Black Writers

More Recommended Reading from Black Writers

Malcolm Gladwell's Talking to Strangers introduced me to "Hell You Talmbout," a magnificent piece of social activism by Janelle Monae and Wondaland Records from 2015. The song is primarily a roll call of Black Americans that have been murdered by the police and that it feels even more prescient right now than it did in [...]