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Listening to Sad Tunes

Listening to Sad Tunes

I rely solely on my more knowledgeable friends to give me music suggestions and shape my listening habits. This is a good idea because I’m basically tone deaf, and it allows for a bit of an eclectic personal playlist (that, at least, is my hope). To find something I really like, I keep my ears open and wait to hear what sticks. This streamlined process led me to an old Deerhunter album called Halcyon Digest this week. I think it’s awesome, but it’s also really sad. So, as I listen obsessively, I’m wondering, why am I so hooked on this…

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Did I Listen to Nirvana Because I Was Angry? Or Was I Angry Because I Listened to Nirvana?

Did I Listen to Nirvana Because I Was Angry? Or Was I Angry Because I Listened to Nirvana?

Ladies and gentlemen, the opening chapter of A Mess of Help: From the Crucified Soul of Rock n Roll:

I had tickets to see Nirvana in concert when Kurt Cobain killed himself. My friend and I had been looking forward to the show for months—it had already been postponed once—so the news of his death threw me even more than it might have otherwise.

I’ll never forget where I was when I heard: riding on a train in Germany, where my family was living at the time, and spying the headline in the newspaper of the passenger sitting next to me. I…

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Traded! Relationships and Contracts

Traded! Relationships and Contracts

Simon Rich’s “Trade,” in last week’s edition of Shouts & Murmurs, proved to be as comically thought-provoking as it was touching, comparing fictionally the pain of break-ups with the world of professional baseball trades: the sinking revelation that in both worlds there are the bipolar forces of loving commitment and legal expectation. It seems in both arenas (professional sports and relationships) the loyalty lying in “being together” more often than not finds itself usurped by the stacking of statistics and callous demands on performance. The story uses the ESPN-savvy vocabulary of waivers and contracts and clauses to give a portrait…

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