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Sing Your Life: Morrissey’s Autobiography

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person,” Oscar Wilde wrote in “The Critic as Artist” in 1890. “Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”  And there is no better arena to see this observation in practice than popular music, awash as it is with characters that perform, […]


There is no English translation for litost. It is a Czech word, and if Milan Kundera says there is no English translation for it, well then I would be a fool to try and find one myself. I trust Milan; he’s one of the smartest guys I’ve read. He’s also one of the most introspective […]

No More Risk Taking: My Minimalist Review of Unknown Pleasures (Inside Joy Division) by Peter Hook

It’s like reading a transcript with the journalist removed. Peter Hook (bassist from Joy Division and New Order), sharing, talking, engaging in a conversation with you, the reader, resulting in a strange sort of memoir, travelogue, that works well for the material at hand, somehow managing to demystify without demystifying how exactly the band formed, […]