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Bebe Rexha: A Case Study In Star Power

One of the unfortunate aspects of art and celebrity culture is that there is a big disconnect between who we are and who we appear to be as stars. The difference between person and persona has always been present, and … Continue reading

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An Offense Against The Dignity Of The Artist

Is it an offense against the dignity of an artist to make music that resonates with the general public? Is it demeaning to create songs that are melodic and pleasant to listen to and full of hooks that are catchy, … Continue reading

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Suite: Judy Blue Eyes: A Case Study In The Kuleshov Effect

One of the joys of having a bit of historical context is that one is able to put things in their proper context. Relatively recently a song came out that was credited to rapper Travis Scott (but which featured uncredited … Continue reading

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Try Not To Abuse Your Power

While I have generally been pretty critical of celebrity culture, I do find it interesting that the latest single by musician Billie Eilish deals with the question of power and its abuse as well as the strange way it makes … Continue reading

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Is Fame Abuse?

One of the more underlying but consistent themes that I write about concerning celebrity culture is the rather demented nature of it. One does not have to look very hard to see that fame is hard on people. Celebrities lose … Continue reading

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Book Review: Reggae Explosion: The Story Of Jamaican Music

Raggae Explosion: The Story Of Jamaican Music, by Chris Salewicz & Adrian Boot The fascinating aspect of this book, which is glossy and full of big photographs and meant seemingly as a rasta coffee table offering for would-be hipsters, is … Continue reading

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Strictly Amateurs Please

For a variety of reasons, I have often wondered what sort of ideal society I would create as a sort of thought experiment to ponder the effects of certain choices within society. When I wrote a recent collection of connected … Continue reading

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You’re All The Same

One of the difficulties of talking about identities is a certain asymmetry that does not often get enough attention. When we judge identity for those who are close to us, we have the ability to make all kinds of very … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ideal Of Culture

The Ideal Of Culture: Essays, by Joseph Epstein I must admit that I did not know anything about the author before reading this book. Sometimes that can be dangerous, but in this case the result of reading this book was … Continue reading

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The Ancient City

The Ancient City: A Study Of The Religion, Laws, And Institutions Of Greece And Rome, by Numa Denis Fustel De Coulanges There are several essential problems that make this book a less successful study of ancient Greek and Roman culture … Continue reading

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