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Lou Reed (1942–2013) Under Ground

  HE WAS the “Johnny Cash of New York rock,” said Mick Jagger. He was “pop’s truly great poker face,” said Bono. He was Lou Reed, co-founder of the avant-garde rock band the Velvet Underground and a prodigious solo artist whose career spanned a half-century. If the most famous question in rock ’n’ roll belongs […]

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The World According to Grindr

If Looking tells us anything about “the Zeitgeist,” it’s that Patrick and company freely resist the walking clichés that one has come to expect from prime-time TV.

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Artpop

Short Reviews

Reviews of the novel Exception to the Rule, and Lady Gaga’s album Artpop.

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Elton Discovers Mortality

  The Diving Board by Elton John Capitol/Mercury Records   THOMAS WOLFE was right: you can’t go home again. That’s the sad-but-true wisdom at the heart of “Home Again,” the first single from Elton’s John’s latest album, The Diving Board. Sir Elton has cultivated one of the most cosmopolitan voices in popular music, and, true […]

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Orange Humor

From the Emmy-winning creators of Weeds, Orange Is the New Black has been described as The L Word meets Oz

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The Keeper and the Kept

NO TV EVENT sparked the summer heat quite like Behind the Candelabra, the HBO biopic about Liberace’s love affair with Scott Thorson, a man more than forty years his junior. (The film was reportedly rejected by the major studios for being “too gay.”) Much of the fanfare involved the casting of Michael Douglas (now 68) as Liberace and Matt Damon as his kept boy.

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Art Briefs

Reviews of the play Hit the Wall, and the albums OUTlaw and One True Thing.

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Frank Ocean

Frank Ocean’s Sexual Healing

EARLIER THIS YEAR, Frank Ocean hit the 55th Grammy Awards like a tsunami. Nominated for six awards, Ocean took home two; and performed a down-tempo love song to a guy named Forrest Gump. …

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‘Girl Gone Wild’

Madonna, still the patron saint of scandal, has lost none of her power to piss people off.

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On Being on the Road

REBELS don’t walk. They drive. Kerouac went on the road by bus and truck; Dylan is still singing about a “hopped-up Mustang Ford.” Without that now iconic 1949 Mercury, James Dean might have become a rebel without a car. Working within this automotive American tradition, veteran rocker Melissa Etheridge has titled her latest album (her twelfth) 4th Street Feeling. On its cover, the Oscar winner and two-time Grammy winner stands confidently in front of a teal Chevy Impala. A suitcase and guitar are strapped to the roof while a leather-jacketed Etheridge holds the keys as if ready to roll. “Take me away, way back to that 4th Street feeling now,” she sings on the bluesy title track, “when everything I had I could fit inside my Chevrolet.”

Working within this automotive American tradition, veteran rocker Melissa Etheridge has titled her latest album (her twelfth) 4th Street Feeling. On its cover, the Oscar winner and two-time Grammy winner stands confidently in front of a teal Chevy Impala.

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