In her new album, Juliana Hatfield’s concerns are comeuppance, self-abasement, and the depravity of those who revel in the power to make decisions that can adversely affect others.
Music Interview: Rickie Lee Jones on her Memoir and Living in the Present Tense
“Then, as now, my focus was on the songs. As long as you can keep your focus on the art that you’re doing, the larger thing it can serve – selling records or whatever – that’ll happen on its own.”
Music Interview: Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter Richard Thompson on His Memoir, “Beeswing”
“I really thought that I could sustain a life in music, but perhaps I’d end up in Las Vegas backing Tom Jones or something.”
Author Interview: Kevin Mattson on a Genuine Culture War — Punks versus Reagan
The real culture war in 1980s America was waged by young people who were trying to create their own culture and jealously rejected corporate culture along the way.
Author Interview: Talking to Jamal Greene about How Our Demand for Rights Went So Wrong
“‘Rightsism’ gives judges much more power than they deserve in a democracy,” Jamal Greene writes. “When U.S. judges face a conflict of rights, they cancel one right or the other.”
Book Interview: Talking to BrownMark about “Life in the Purple Kingdom”
Front and center in this memoir are BrownMark’s efforts to reconcile his resentment and gratitude toward the man who both sold him short and afforded him the “opportunity of a lifetime.”
Book Review: “American Radicals” — Unrecognized Champions of 19th-Century Protest
American Radicals is as revealing, riveting, and well-researched as any work of history that I have read in recent years.
Author Interview: Peniel E. Joseph on “The Sword and the Shield: The Revolutionary Lives of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr.”
“Malcolm X and MLK evolved over time and came to converge in surprising ways. Malcolm’s movement for radical black dignity became a global human rights touchstone in a manner that made King’s struggle for radical black citizenship both necessary and more expansive.”
Book Interview: Heather Cox Richardson on “How the South Won the Civil War”
“Politics is driven by language, and America’s peculiar history has given oligarchs the language to undercut democracy.”
Author Interview: Jared Ross Hardesty on “Slavery in New England” — More Pervasive Than You Thought
“The idea that slavery was not economically important to New England as a whole is just emphatically not true.”