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Moderately successful indie rock groups like Grizzly Bear have found it difficult to earn a living that would place them solidly in the middle class: For much of the late-twentieth century, you might have assumed that musicians with a top-twenty sales week and a Radio City show—say, the U2 tour in 1984, after The Unforgettable […]

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The Doree Chronicles: Stuff I Read This Week That Was Good

The Doree Chronicles: Stuff I Read This Week That Was Good doree: Guy Lawson, “The Stoner Arms Dealers,” Rolling Stone Jessica Hopper, “Wild Flag: An Eight-Part Examination,” Nashville Scene S.J. Culver, “On Expectations (And a Writer’s Lack of Shame),” The Awl Ben Kafka, “Pushing Paper,” Lapham’s Quarterly Nitsuh Abebe, “SXSW Diary: Pitchfork’s…

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Paul Ford: My Top 5 Longreads of 2010

Paul Ford was an editor at Harper’s Magazine; now he’s wandering around, looking at stuff and writing computer programs. *** Tony Judt, “Night,” New York Review of Books (January 14) This was the year of the dying critic. Most writers would do themselves, and their readers, a service by dying without all the self-elegies (“selfegies”?). […]