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U2, Apple, and Rock and Roll as Dystopian Junk Mail
Chris Richards | The Washington Post
"In this brave new farrago of medium and message, U2 seem to have transmitted all of rock-and-roll’s misguided egotism into one ridiculous statement: Our music is technically worthless and everyone in the world should hear it."
The Real Cliff Huxtable
Kelefa Sanneh | The New Yorker
"His virtuosity endures, even as his age begins to dictate not just the content of his comedy but its form."
On Death and iPods: A Requiem
Mat Honan | Wired
"The single-use device is gone—and with it, the very notion of cool that it once carried. The iPhone is about as subversive as a bag of potato chips, and music doesn’t define anyone anymore."
Why I Hate Writing About Janay Rice
Roxane Gay | Cosmopolitan
"We live in this ugly mess of a world, where Janay Palmer wasn't really believed until we bore witness to incontrovertible evidence—the repulsive image of her being knocked out with a single blow by an NFL athlete."
The Real Problem of the Atlanta Hawks Implosion
Rembert Brown | Grantland
"This isn’t about the Hawks. This isn’t about basketball. This isn’t about the role of upper management in sports. It’s about the degree of out-of-touchness that seems to repeatedly come from being powerful, wealthy, white, and male. And what those figures think about how to 'deal' with black people."