“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.”
Miss Pat, reggae’s Chinese-Jamaican matriarch, reflects on a life in riddim.
We mourn the loss of an affable generous man, a bridge to a vast history, who also knew and loved American culture.
“Arts journalism should meet the same high standard as other forms of writing but rarely does, even in the good old days.”
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.
“‘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.”
The life of a working musician is not a second-class life, and Mimi Rabson’s is Exhibit A: “I try to get past the limits of the definitions and get to the joy.”
An interview with Brookline’s own Leslie Epstein on his new novel, the inexhaustible freshness of Casablanca, and the need for truth in historical fiction.
“The Ivan Variations is kind of a departure for me, though some would argue that my whole career is a departure, and I hope they’re right!”
“Individual stories are the single most important component of any collective, and your story matters more than you can know.”