Ordered by author:
Joan Didion – The White Album
F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Crack-Up
Tom Gauld – Mooncop
Steven Hyden – Your Favorite Band Is Killing Me
Joe Klein – Woody Guthrie: A Life
Cormac McCarthy – The Road
Bob Mehr – Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements
Marilyn Monroe – Fragments: Poems, Intimate Notes, Letters
Thomas Pynchon – V.
Simon Rich – Ant Farm
Alex Ross – The Rest Is Noise
George Saunders – CivilWarLand In Bad Decline
Rob Sheffield – Love Is a Mix Tape
Mary Shelley – Frankenstein
Ian F Svenonius – Censorship Now!!
Ordered by author:
A Default Smart Opinion is an opinion that’s generally considered to be inarguable because it’s repeated ad nauseam by seemingly intelligent individuals. Other examples include ‘Nickelback sucks!,’ ‘The Big Bang Theory sucks!,“ and "Kim Kardashian is dumb and also sucks!’ Now, I’m not necessarily disputing the truth of those takes. But I’m not a fan of Default Smart Opinions as a concept. [It’s] like a pair of pants – you just put it on. No additional thought is required. The usual formula for a regular smart opinion – research plus careful consideration plus nuanced analysis – doesn’t apply. You needn’t actually listen to a Nickelback album or watch The Big Bang Theory or study Kim Kardashian’s collected philosophical scrolls. You merely have to recite recycled bits of conventional wisdom.
1) I’ve been very busy this week and I ran out of time to write more about this year’s Grammys.
2) I really don’t feel like writing much more about this year’s Grammys.
3) This article does a better job explaining the Grammys than I ever could.
4) This was written two years ago, but nothing has changed.
Recently I came across Steven Hyden’s five-album test, a criteria which validates a band’s greatness if they have released five great albums in a row. Those who pass the test include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, The Replacements, Yo La Tengo, and…Fountains Of Wayne? Yep, that one band that does that one song you know and love:
Five months is a long time to be away. Without a working cellphone or laptop, I was blissfully out of touch with the world of music save the few english music magazines I managed to find. Our reliance on the Internet for most of our news is bittersweet; it’s bitter because it feels like at times you either have too much information or none of it at all, but it’s sweet because I can google all the…