Death Fugue: Operation Nifty Package Redux

Olympic Scupture Park, Seattle, Winter 2014 Malcolm Gladwell recounts the final days of the 1993 Waco, Texas standoff in his excellent article “Sacred and Profane” from the March, 31 issue of the New Yorker. He specifically cities a new memoir by Clive Doyle, a survivor of the incident and a follower of the millennialist Branch Davidians. Gladwell’s article […]

Around Town, Vol. I: Lana & Lars

The problem isn’t finding the stuff, it’s finding the time. Maybe this is the curse of our era. In any case, I’ve plowed through enough pages, sights, and sounds in recent months to warrant briefly turning off Shark Tank. Everything on this list comes highly recommended, but not all for the same reasons. I’ll leave it to […]

Criticizing the Critics

Rubio as critic About a month ago, a certain Daily Beast article by Ted Gioia stirred the opinion pot for alleging that criticism is now mostly “lifestyle reporting,” focused on “clothes, hook-ups, and run-ins with the law.” In short, everything other than the music. Once upon a time when I was set on becoming a critic, I would often […]