Tune In: The Handsome Family

by Christian Williams

The strange and beautiful music of The Handsome Family provides the perfect soundtrack for fall.

See It Soon: Wagner and Me

by Christian Williams

British actor and writer Stephen Fry tries to reconcile his adoration for Richard Wagner’s music with the revolting worldview of the man himself in the 2010 documentary Wagner & Me.

Video Games as Modern Art and Poetry

by Christian Williams

Poet B.J. Best beautifully captures the shared experience of childhood with prose poetry based on classic video games in his new book But Our Princess Is In Another Castle.

Kenneth Goldsmith on Dumb Culture

By Kenneth Goldsmith, from The Awl

Poet Kenneth Goldsmith explains how "dumb" culture is actually really smart, and allows us to embrace the messiness of contradiction and revel in the beauty of the ridiculously obvious.


Kid on a Bike: 'Wadjda' Tries to Break the Silence

By Isabel Stevens, from Sight & Sound

"Wadjda," the first feature film shot in Saudi Arabia by the country’s first female director, Haifaa Al Mansour, gives voice to a feisty Saudi girl.

Delia Derbyshire and the Acceptance of Musical Modernism

by Christian Williams

How Delia Derbyshire and the BBC Radiophonic Workshop introduced avant-garde electronic music to mainstream British society in the 1960s.

Bruce Conner: Father of the Music Video

by Christian Williams

A new documentary series from the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles explores how Bruce Conner, a fixture of the Beat Generation, invented the modern music video.

How Kicks Books and Norton Records Survived Sandy

by Christian Williams

As the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Miriam Linna of Kicks Books and venerable independent music label Norton Records discusses the enormous recovery effort undertaken to salvage and replace their priceless stock of records, books, and vintage paperbacks.