Thanks to season four of Stranger Things, Kate Bush’s song, “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God),” has topped the charts, 37 years after its release. Nate Rogers takes a look at how this happened, and what it means for the music industry, and especially older, legacy acts. Drenched in gated reverb and woozy […]
Reading List: Who’s Your Susan Sontag?
Five longreads about the iconoclastic American writer, director, and activist.
Say It Loud
“My two-steps-from-sexagenarian ass is old enough to know all the avant funk-jazz sources of [Kamasi] Washington and company’s aesthetic (Horace Tapscott, Sanders, Tyner, The Crusaders, Stanley Cowell, Strata East, Black Jazz) so The Epic couldn’t reach my ears as a spiritual, political and musical revelation. But it has been fascinating nonetheless to witness young friends […]
Quarantine Brain: How ‘the Internet Became More Internet’ in 2020
Nothing made sense in 2020 — unless you were on the internet.
Longreads Best of 2020: Arts and Culture
Our top editors’ picks in arts and culture writing this year.
Lindy West is Preaching to the Choir
Sara Fredman talks to author Lindy West on women and likability, the evolution of pop culture, and navigating conversations in a complex, messy world.
Searching for The Sundays
When music writers are also music fans, they can walk a line between appreciative and intrusive.
Falling Stars: On Taking Down Our Celebrity Icons
Celebrities act as a symbol of capitalism. When we question it, we question them too.
The Joy of Watching (and Rewatching) Movies So Bad They’re Good
In this personal and critical essay, Michael Musto sings the praises of his favorite cinematic clunkers.
If there’s no earth, there’s no art. How do you engage in cultural criticism at the end of the world?