My pan—I mean fair but tough review—of Alain de Botton’s series of How To books from The School of Life: http://lareviewofbooks.org/article.php?id=1657&fulltext=1#commentsContinued →
Poet or Prophet?
No battle about Bob Dylan has raged as fervently as the one about the self of Bob Dylan—whether there is a true self beyond what had been invented for the audience. In the mid-1960s Dylan and the Beatles were given dual credit for making rock music more adult, since as songwriters they [...]Continued →
Ellen Willis was a no-nonsense, resolutely feminist, always engaging rock critic and essayist who wrote for publications including Rolling Stone, the Nation, the Village Voice, and the New Yorker (where she was the first rock critic). Her voice is sophisticated—maybe savvy is the better word—but always real. She dances to [...]Continued →