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Elon Musk is a total fraud

One disastrous tweet has finally revealed Elon Musk for what he is: a fraud.<p>Enraged that a British cave diver called his idea to rescue the Thai …

Four Ways to Practice Drop 2 Chords Through the Cycle of 4ths

Learning to play dominant 7th chords and Drop 2 chord voicings is essential in the development of any jazz guitarist.<p>While both of these concepts are …

How One Hundred Years of Solitude redefined Latin America

When Gabriel García Márquez wrote One Hundred Years of Solitude, he reimagined the genesis of his continent. That had real political impact, writes Felipe Restrepo Pombo.<p>Before One Hundred Years of Solitude, Latin America bore certain similarities to the imaginary place described in the first …

Literature

Mark Knopfler: Sultan of Swing

By John HarlowPerhaps one of the most unlikely guitar heroes to come from England since his hero the great Hank Marvin, Mark Knopfler has put …

As D.I.Y. Gene Editing Gains Popularity, ‘Someone Is Going to Get Hurt’

WASHINGTON — As a teenager, Keoni Gandall already was operating a cutting-edge research laboratory in his bedroom in Huntington Beach, Calif. While his friends were buying video games, he acquired more than a dozen pieces of equipment — a transilluminator, a centrifuge, two thermocyclers — in …

Genetics

Digging Deeper: Jazz Piano Chords for Guitar

Take inspiration from Herbie, Chick, McCoy, and more by copping a few finger-stretching voicings.

Electric Guitar

Writing and Alcohol: A Reckoning

In her new book, Leslie Jamison challenges the mythology and the mystique of literary drinking.<p>About two-thirds of the way through <i>The Recovering</i>, Leslie Jamison—newly sober for the second time—finally confronts the reality of winter in Iowa City. “For years,” she writes, “I’d felt personally …

Books

What About “The Breakfast Club”?

Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.<p>Earlier this year, the Criterion Collection, which is “dedicated to gathering the greatest films from around the world,” released a restored version of “The Breakfast Club,” a film written and directed by John Hughes that I acted in, more than …

The Breakfast Club

How to Play Outside the Chord Changes

When I was working with the great saxophonist Michael Brecker and he would play something outside of the chord changes, I would occasionally ask him, …

Electric Guitar

Watch Buddy Guy Perform Jimi Hendrix’s ‘Red House’ on ‘Kimmel’

Buddy Guy joined Billy Cox and the Experience Hendrix Band for a rousing version of Jimi Hendrix‘s 12-bar blues classic “Red House” on Tuesday’s <i>Jimmy</i> …

A shadowy and controversial secret club meets in the California woods every year — and at least 5 US presidents were members

<b>• Bohemian Grove is the Sonoma County, California campground where the Bohemian Club meets annually.</b><p><b>• The Bohemian Club, a San Francisco-based private club that has counted a number of US presidents among its members, is a controversial group.</b><p><b>• The club's reported rituals and secretive status have</b> …

Sonoma County

With Snap ‘Yes’ in Oval Office, Trump Gambles on North Korea

WASHINGTON — Summoned to the Oval Office on the spur of the moment, the South Korean envoy found himself face to face with President Trump one afternoon last week at what he thought might be a hinge moment in history.<p>Chung Eui-yong had come to the White House bearing an invitation. But he opened …

North Korea

The Only Really Important Question Any Writer Has to Answer

It’s so important, answering it will determine your destiny as a writer<p>Yesterday I saw that starting a publication on Medium is a lot easier than I …

It’s Gabriel García Márquez’s 91st birthday, and magical realism is thriving in Hollywood

Four years after his death and a half-century after his <i>One Hundred Years of Solitude</i> introduced much of the world to magical realism, Gabriel García Márquez might be pleased to know that the literary genre he helped popularize is now flourishing on screen.<p>On what would have been his 91st birthday, …

Literature

In Montreal, a Berlin Wall of the Mind?

MONTREAL — On one side of a grand square near the old Port of Montreal is a sculpture of a Frenchwoman in a Chanel suit, clasping a poodle and sneering at the Bank of Montreal, a former symbol of British colonial rule built in 1847.<p>On the opposite end, a dapper Englishman, cast in bronze, holds a …

The South Korean training ground for assassins

CNN's Ivan Watson gets an inside look at Silmido Island in South Korea, which was used as a training ground for assassins.

The Death of the Author: Reflecting on Denis Johnson’s “The Largesse of the Sea Maiden”

IN THE LAST LINES of “Triumph Over the Grave,” the fourth story in this excellent short story collection, Denis Johnson writes, “It’s plain to you …

Literature

Vonnegut's 8 Rules for the Short Story

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.2. Give the reader at least one character he or …

Kurt Vonnegut

The Velvet Underground’s ‘White Light/White Heat’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know

Of all of the Velvet Underground‘s officially released studio and live albums, <i>White Light/White Heat</i> is by far the noisiest and most difficult. “No …

30 Fascinating Early Bands of Future Music Legends

Bruce Springsteen’s Sixties Garage Band the Castiles<p>In a tale later immortalized in his song “The Wish,” the Boss received his first electric guitar …

The Vision of the Innocent

Holden Caulfield, the sixteen-year-old protagonist of J. D. Salinger’s first novel, “The Catcher in the Rye,” which has been published by Little, Brown and chosen by the Book-of-the-Month Club, refers to himself as an illiterate, but he <i>is</i> a reader. One of the tests to which he puts the books he …

Literature

The Blues in Jazz: Using the Classic 12-bar Form to Learn Bebop Improv

Bill EvansJanuary 13, 2018<p><b>From the March 2018 issue of Acoustic Guitar | BY SEAN MCGOWAN</b><p>In a sense, the genres of jazz and blues grew up together …

Denis Johnson's posthumous collection is beautiful. But does it critique or reinforce toxic masculinity?

In the title story of "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden"by Denis Johnson<i>,</i> an aging ad man struggles with his own relevance: "I note that I've lived longer in the past, now, than I can expect to live in the future. I have more to remember than I have to look forward to. Memory fades, not much of the …

Lester Bangs and the Soul of Rock Criticism

In the late nineteen-sixties, when rock criticism was first coming into its own as a discipline, it was a fairly macho, druggy, godless scene. There were no real precedents for the work, and even fewer institutional guideposts, which meant that the possibility for true ingenuity was high. The …

David Foster

Greta Van Fleet’s Misty Mountain Revival

The four members of the Michigan band Greta Van Fleet look, act and sound like they were grown in the lab of some classic-rock-loving mad scientist. …

Losing Faith in the State, Some Mexican Towns Quietly Break Away

TANCÍTARO, Mexico — The road to this agricultural town winds through the slums and cartel-controlled territory of Michoacán, ground zero for Mexico’s drug war, before arriving at a sight so strange it can seem like a mirage.<p>Fifteen-foot stone turrets are staffed by men whose green uniforms belong …

Mexico

Rick Hall, Architect of the Muscle Shoals Sound, Dies at 85

Rick Hall, the producer who forged the Southern soul style known as the Muscle Shoals sound, died on Tuesday at his home in Muscle Shoals, Ala. He was 85.<p>His wife, Linda Kay Hall, said the cause was prostate cancer.<p>Mr. Hall turned small-town Alabama into a crucible of soul, country, pop and rock …

Why Should We Read Charles Dickens? A TED-Ed Animation Makes the Case

You can’t go near the literary press lately without hearing mention of Nathan Hill’s sprawling new novel, <i>The Nix</i>, widely praised as a comic epic on …