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Monthly Archives: July 2016

9.58 Seconds: That’s a Long Time

Ordinarily, 9.58 seconds is an inconsequential length of time. Probably about the same amount of time it’s taken you to read these first two sentences. In the world of Jamaican Usain Bolt, world record holder in the 100-meter sprint, 9.58 seconds is an eternity of

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If You Like Steely Dan…

Editor’s Note: Most CultureSonar readers are avid music fans, so we’re trying a little experiment. We plan to run an irregular series of “If You Like…” posts, where we suggest new music compatible with some of our favorite classic artists. Here’s our first shot. Please let

Where Comedy Meets Mental Illness

Comedian Maria Bamford skips down the street while stealing balloons and shouting, “I feel French!” Soon thereafter, she coos to the camera, in a shampoo-commercial voice, those corny cliches you might read on the bottom of a yogurt top or inside the discarded wrapper of

What Happened to the Pop Duo?

There was a time when you flipped on the radio to hear the soaring harmonies of the Everly Brothers. Or Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, The Righteous Brothers, Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny & Cher. During the 70s and 80s, Hall and Oates ruled radio and

Why We Need “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie” — Right Now

Life is hard personally and globally. Who can bear to watch the news? Things are falling apart—Yeats by way of Joan Didion—”the centre cannot hold.” So within this current madness along comes not “some rough beast,” but that drunken duo Patsy and Edina from Absolutely