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This great jazz pianist fell into a coma for months. He came back better than ever.

Since its beginning more than a century ago, jazz has been considered a form of music created by social misfits and outcasts. Yet one group has been conspicuously absent from the historical picture: gay men.<p>In a macho musical culture in which instruments are called “axes” and dueling solos are …

Jazz

Karl Ove Knausgaard: what makes life worth living?

Apples, plastic bags, teeth – the bestselling Norwegian author brings his forensic attention to everyday objects to explain the world in a letter to his unborn baby<p>August 28. Now, as I write this, you know nothing about anything, about what awaits you, the kind of world you will be born into. And I …

The Road to S-Town

Meet Brian Reed, the radio reporter behind the Alabama-set podcast everyone’s talking about<p>On the surface, the premise of <b>S-Town</b>—the record-breaking podcast from the team at <i>This American Life</i> and <b>Serial</b>—could have easily fallen prey to stereotypes about the South: New York reporter comes to …

From the Heart: John Moreland

The Oklahoma songwriter finds a little light on Big Bad Luv<p>John Moreland’s frank songs about crushed hearts and suffocating loneliness have earned him a reputation as a fearless songwriter who can make grown men cry. At a late-night show at Columbus, Ohio’s Newport Music Hall, a lubed-up crowd goes …

An Oral History of the Bluebird Cafe

The Nashville venue that launched songwriters such as Garth Brooks and Pam Tillis turns thirty-five<p>If country music is three chords and the truth, you could say there’s been no better place in Nashville for truth-tellers than the Bluebird Cafe. Since founder Amy Kurland opened the beloved Green …

Winged Victory

At Audubon’s Paul J. Rainey Wildlife Sanctuary in Louisiana, to save the birds, you have to save the marsh<p>Timmy Vincent stands in front of a reproduction of a John James Audubon painting of a Louisiana heron that hangs in the rustic camp he calls home. “The water reached here,” he says, pointing to …

A Year of Southern Travel

Must-visit Southern destinations for each month of the year<p>You may have already skipped yesterday’s trip to the gym, but traveling more in the year ahead is one resolution you might actually want to keep. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of must-visit Southern destinations for each month of …

G&G’s Summer 2017 Road Trip Playlist

Roll down the windows, crank up the tunes, and hit the highway<p>A good road trip playlist has a little bit of everything, from old favorites to must-hear new tunes. This summer, <i>G&G</i> has you covered with 28 songs that hit all the right notes. Get acquainted with Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, the …

Laguna Madre: Where The Past Rolls In with the Tide

Memories abide on a lazy stretch of Texas coast<p>Sometimes a place can be not a place, but a time. The landscape of the Laguna Madre could well be said to be the landscape of childhood, where certain experiences are given fantastic proportions while others are barely noticed; and the Laguna Madre, …

Cuba

Inside Manzana de Gomez, Cuba's new luxury mall

<b>Schoolkids taking selfies outside expensive stores is doubtless a feature of high-end shopping malls everywhere.</b><p>For years, there was nowhere in Havana for them to do so.<p>Now though, they're descending on a lavishly refurbished shopping arcade called the Manzana de Gomez - a small corner of …

Cuba
Cuba

Geographic Inequality Is Widening

Employment may have rebounded since the Great Recession, but the staggering regional gaps in both real wages and productivity are getting worse.<p>Since the Great Recession, the economy has recovered on several key fronts—the stock market has rebounded, unemployment is down, the labor market has …

This Color-Coded Map Pairs Every U.S. State With A Country Of Similar Size

This map will rock your world. Literally.<p>Think you know a good deal about geography and the countries of the world? This map is about to throw you …

55 U.S. Senators move to eliminate tourist restrictions on Cuba travel

Less than three years after former U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban president Raul Castro announced a mutual agreement to thaw relations between …

The Library of Congress Makes 25 Million Records From Its Catalog Free to Download

A quick fyi: According to <i>Fortune</i><i>,</i> The Library of Congress announced that it "will make 25 million records from its catalog available for the public …

There’s So Much to Learn From the Montana Special Election

It's not a referendum on Trump. But the election — between a "singing cowboy" and a "carpetbagging billionaire" — can teach the rest of the country about how to actually cultivate and persuade independent voters.<p><b>On April 26</b>, the Washington Free Beacon — a publication out of Washington, DC — broke …

The Guardian view on generational inequality: a country fit for all ages

In 2010 David Willetts illuminated the equality divide between young and old. Since then things have only got worse<p>Seven years ago, a new set of contour lines emerged in our understanding of inequality in Britain. The publication of The Pinch by David Willetts has shaped the way we map, measure and …

Jazz Wizard Thelonious Monk’s Lost Masterpiece

To mark his centennial, the jazz legend’s lost album, ‘Les liaisons dangereuses 160,’ has finally been made available. And boy, is it special.<p>Ask any …

Soul Music

Debt levels are now back where they were when Jim Cramer had his prophetic TV meltdown 10 years ago

Almost a decade ago, former hedge fund manager Jim Cramer went on CNBC to talk about how the market had reacted to Bear Stearns' insistence that the investment bank was <i>not</i> in trouble.<p>Everyone who saw it remembers what happened next: One of the greatest TV meltdowns of all time.<p>In the moment, Cramer …

Economics

The Entirely Preventable Battles Raging Over Voting Rights

In the four years since the Supreme Court gutted part of a landmark civil-rights law, state-level legislation has undercut the justices’ rationale for doing so.<p>In 2013, Chief Justice John Roberts made a sweeping declaration about the state of voting rights in America. “Our country has changed,” he …

Empathy, Schmempathy.

My blue state bubble is trying so hard to reach out. Just one example: a local organization (The Evergrey) planned a field trip to a red zone in …

Government

Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs

Regina Elsea was a year old in 1997 when the first vehicle rolled off the Mercedes-Benz assembly line near Tuscaloosa. That gleaming M-Class SUV was …

Buick

Terry Gross and the Art of Opening Up

On a late-summer morning, Terry Gross sat before a computer in her office — a boxy, glass-fronted room at WHYY in Philadelphia — composing interview questions. Gross, who wore a leopard-print scarf knotted at her neck, was typing rapidly, occasionally pausing to refer to a memoir open beside her. …

5 Lessons Rogue Indie Director Chantal Akerman Can Teach You About Filmmaking

Chantal Akerman, the Belgian director of revolutionary films like <i>Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles,</i> has passed away.<p>After coming …

Deliver me from “Deliverance”: Finally, a Hollywood movie gets Appalachian people right

Three cheers for “Big Stone Gap,” for destroying Hollywood’s persistent hillbilly stereotypes<p>When the film "Big Stone Gap" premiered earlier this month, it did something no other movie ever has: showed Appalachia as a place of both diversity and intelligence. This certainly flies in the face of how …

Jean-Luc Godard: a beginner's guide

Ahead of BAMcinématek’s new restoration of A Married Woman we offer a primer on the new wave auteur’s essential work<p>Godard is as revolutionary and influential a hinge-figure in cinema as Joyce was to literature and the cubists were to painting. He saw a rule and broke it. Every day, in every movie. …

'Taxi Driver' Oral History: De Niro, Scorsese, Foster, Schrader Spill All on 40th Anniversary

On the eve of a screening at the Tribeca Film Festival, the film's stars, director and screenwriter recount the tension and tumult (trivia: Harvey  …

The 50 best American movies, one from each state

When seeking the best American movies of all time, one could turn to Academy Award winners, sports movies, classic romantic comedies or the most …

Terrence Malick

Heaven’s Gate: From Hollywood disaster to masterpiece

Critics thought the Western was Hollywood’s biggest disaster ever when released in 1980. But some today think it’s a masterpiece – and incredibly relevant – writes Nicholas Barber.<p>Two-and-a-half hours into Michael Cimino’s epic Western, Heaven’s Gate, a band of townsfolk bustles into a hotel room …

Isabelle Huppert