The Opposite of Paradox

The Opposite of Paradox

Though it had rained all day, the skies were clear as the sun set behind the quad. On the edge of campus, in a tavern that had been there before they were students and would remain long after their tenure as professors had come to an end, the journalist was staring slack-jawed at the astronaut. [...]

Patrons and Patreons

Patrons and Patreons

I included Circuit Boredom, the most recent album from Ben Kweller, in my list of the best albums of 2020. Though the album is now available on all major streaming platforms, at the time that I published that review, Circuit Boredom was locked behind a paywall on Kweller's personal website. Kweller has adopted a subscription [...]

No. 1 With a Bullet: Un-Su Kim’s The Plotters

No. 1 With a Bullet: Un-Su Kim’s The Plotters

Reading Un-Su Kim's The Plotters, I really thought there'd be more assassinations. The book, which was originally released in 2010 and eventually translated into English in 2019, tracks the adventures of Reseng, a contract killer. Abandoned by his parents and raised by an assassin, Reseng falls into a life of murder and though he commits [...]

The Truth Be Now Here One by One: Coheed and Cambria’s Albums, Ranked

The Truth Be Now Here One by One: Coheed and Cambria’s Albums, Ranked

A recent edition of the Songs & Stories newsletter---subscribe for free today!---covered "The Dark Sentencer," one of the best recent tracks from prog-rock legends Coheed and Cambria. And because that song manages to incorporate a little bit of every era of Coheed, it got me thinking about each record that the band has released over [...]

A Simple Truth: Meaghan O’Connell’s And Now We Have Everything

A Simple Truth: Meaghan O’Connell’s And Now We Have Everything

Meaghan O'Connell's slim memoir, And Now We Have Everything: On Motherhood Before I Was Ready should probably be required reading for every millennial considering having children and for most who already do. O'Connell's unpretentious prose demystifies and de-romanticizes the pop culture vision of pregnancy: This is not a book about feeling glowing and radiant or [...]

Yelling From the Rooftops: The 10 Best Songs from The Juliana Theory

Yelling From the Rooftops: The 10 Best Songs from The Juliana Theory

I never need a reason to think about The Juliana Theory but their recent reemergence, including a pair of new singles and an upcoming album of 'reimagined' classics, provides a perfect excuse to talk about them here. More specifically, to talk about the best tracks from a band that was somehow both deeply beloved and [...]