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Tom Wolfe Looks Over His Notes

“They’re calling it an archive,” Tom Wolfe points out. “It makes me feel very important.” Wolfe is standing next to an exhibit of his papers at the New York Public Library. In 2013, the library paid just over two million dollars for a hundred and ninety boxes of notebooks, manuscripts, and letters …

Craig Finn (the Hold Steady) Talks James McMurtry's Complicated Game

James McMurtry is one of America’s finest lyricists and songwriters. His songs are well-told stories that capture both the hope and sadness of …

Eastbound & Up

'You Have To Be Bored': Dan Deacon On Creativity

When you think about composers, you might imagine someone agonizing at a piano with a quill poised at a blank sheet, tugging at his wild shock of silver hair for ideas. Dan Deacon's not that: He's a laptop composer, and his orchestra is any existing sound that catches his ear. He manipulates, he …

Leonard Cohen's Montreal

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”—a hymn to souls too carnal to grow old, too secular to give praise, and too baffled to mock faith—recently turned thirty. Cohen himself, now eighty, came of age in Jewish Montreal during the twenty years after the Second World War, and those of us who followed him, a …

Father Yod & The Spirit of ’76 :: Kohoutek / Ya Ho Wa 13

High atop the mountain of New Age and psychedelic reissues resides a throne for a man not quite of this earth. Hirsute with a colossal presence that …

The Golden Goose Coming to South Lamar

New bar will take over historic Horseshoe Lounge space

22 Contemporary Authors You Absolutely Should Be Reading

These writers are not to be missed.

Lead Belly: Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Album Review

Prestige box sets of pre-rock music that out-price the casual fan or curious newcomer tend to emphasize an artist’s importance and influence, carefully delineating his or her legacy across subsequent generations of followers. You listen because it’s good for you, is the implication, which is …

Blues Music

Wu-Tang Clan Set To Release Secret Album--In 88 Years, Give Or Take

The Wu-Tang Clan went seven years between the release of its last two albums. That may seem like a long time, but not when compared to the likely wait for the next one: 88 years.<p>According to producer Cilvaringz, that’s how long it will be before the eventual buyer of the lone copy of the group’s …

Rap & Hip-Hop

How Designers Built The World Of “The Grand Budapest Hotel” By Hand

Anderson’s avoidance of CGI and freakish devotion to handmade, old-fashioned production design lends his latest epic its fantastical charm.<p>In his Oscar-nominated 2014 film <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel,</i> Wes Anderson didn’t just tell a story-within-a-story about murder, purple-suited lobby boys, and …

To shill a mockingbird: How a manuscript’s discovery became Harper Lee’s ‘new’ novel

The Southern home town of Lee, who published the sequel, "Go Set a Watchman", to her famous novel, is rife with homages to her and her work.<p>The Southern home town of Lee, who published the sequel, "Go Set a Watchman", to her famous novel, is rife with homages to her and her work.<p>MONROEVILLE, Ala. — …

The Shape of Things to Come

How an industrial designer became Apple’s greatest product.<p>I. Launch Day<p>In recent months, Sir Jonathan Ive, the forty-seven-year-old senior vice-president of design at Apple—who used to play rugby in secondary school, and still has a bench-pressing bulk that he carries a little sheepishly, as if it …

Product Design