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Christina Carter & Gown, Lichens

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Christina Carter is best known for the often emotionally harrowing music she plays in Charalambides, but her recent releases without the band sound every bit as haunted. Meditations on the Ascension of Blind Joe Death, Vol. 1 (Ecstatic Yod), recorded with guitarist Loren MazzaCane Connors, is a tribute to John Fahey, but […]

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Savage Love

I am a 15-year-old boy who’s never had a girlfriend, and I wanted to ask you personally, How do you get girls? Like the best way to get them, so they think I’m interesting. I await your orders. –Teenager Going to Waste There’s nothing I enjoy more than ordering around the odd teenage boy, TGTW, […]

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Jamie O’Neill

It took the threat of a local appearance by Irish writer Jamie O’Neill to get me to finally read his brilliant At Swim, Two Boys (Scribner, 2001), which has been weighing down my to-read stack for about three years. O’Neill spent ten years on At Swim while working as a night porter in a London […]

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[snip] The shrinking middle class. According to the Chicago Mutual Housing Network, the percentage of Chicagoans who could afford to buy the median-value home in the city in 1989: 44. In 1999: 36. In 2002: 17. [snip] Putting it in the nicest possible way. “When I go to a doctor and ask for a diagnosis […]

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Story Week Festival of Writers

The ninth edition of Columbia College’s annual literary festival, hosted by the school’s fiction writing department, presents readings, signings, and panels with authors and Columbia faculty, this year under the theme “The Politics of Story.” Events run Monday, March 21, through Saturday, March 26, at various venues as shown below. All are free. (A Story […]

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Masters of Persian Music

Mohammed Reza Shajarian, widely considered the greatest singer of Iranian classical music today, is the center of this immodestly named group; his intense vocals can be both gorgeous and sorrowful, calm ruminations or soaring, melismatic declamations. Hossein Alizadeh is a virtuoso of the tar–a dry, twangy lute–as well as a prolific and skilled composer who’s […]

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Guinea Pig Solo

Brett C. Leonard’s visceral, far-reaching update of Woyzeck–Georg Buchner’s 1837 unfinished masterpiece about a troubled soldier who kills his lover–is far from a one-note antiwar polemic. This tale of an isolated and enraged Puerto Rican combat vet of the Iraq war, separated from his wife and son and further marginalized by class and ethnicity, also […]