Hipsters: Tight Pants and Hot Jazz

As you enter through the city of Chicago, you may very well become overwhelmed. The city buzzes with cars, honking and screeching, lights flashing, people yelling at you and every one who may cross their paths. This is a unique experience to someone like me, who thrives on chaos and all things busy. Although the […]

David Simon: “The Angriest Man In Television”

David Simon is best known as a screenwriter, producer and creator of several critically acclaimed television series including Homicide: Life on the Street, The Wire and Treme. “The show is written in a 21st-century city-state that is incredibly bureaucratic, and in which a legal pursuit of an unenforceable prohibition [the war on drugs] has created […]

Rockism and the Reduction of Rock n’ Roll

NY Times 2004 article link: Here “Rockism means idolizing the authentic old legend (or underground hero) while mocking the latest pop star; lionizing punk while barely tolerating disco; loving the live show and hating the music video; extolling the growling performer while hating the lip-syncher.”

Museum of Contemporary Photography Exhibit: Taxonomy of a Landscape

Nothing so pastoral and bucolic in nature would challenge this exhibit unless it were actual pastures being plowed into the museum, trees springing from legions creating an air thick with pastels that with each shade are inhaling and exhaling a changing season. The photos that Victoria Sambunaris creates are so buoyant they can stop you […]

Air Guitar by Dave Hickey

I had this idea of an art made for the living, you see— of an art that might flourish that might flourish in the crazy zone between the priests of institutional virtue and the bottom feeder of commercial predation— of an art that might embody the marriage of desire and esteem (which is, of course, […]

A Critic’s Manifesto (Daniel Mendelsohn)

The bright but abrogating review does it’s own sort of reverence to artists: grave artists, in writer, Daniel Mendelsohn, “want only to be reviewed intelligently, rather than showered with vacuous raves—not least, because serious artists learn from serious reviews.” His veridicality in this vulnerability is endearing and disarms him right away; he soon after perseveres […]