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A Glimpse Into the Future of Music

The March 13 issue of The New York Times Magazine is in spectacular form with an entire installment devoted to 25 songs that – their title – tell us where music is going. It’s a mix of tunes that’s as eclectic as it is encyclopedic,

Beyond Superheroes: The Manhattan Projects

While characters like Superman and Captain America, who got their start in comics, are as popular as ever, the comic book business itself currently faces some challenges. Where the adventures of The Justice League and other top comics from DC and Marvel used to sell hundreds

Great Houses and Not-So-Great Families Revisited

The slow dissolution of England’s Great Families has been a subject of as much fascination in the US as in the UK for quite a while. While the means by which the great British fortunes were made are the province of historians (Imperial power, the

When Dylan Plugged in and Changed Everything (Or Not)

In a new book, Dylan Goes Electric!, Elijah Wald challenges the conventional wisdom that when Bob Dylan famously “went electric” in the summer of 1965 at the Newport Folk Festival, a bastion of traditional folk music, he was booed by outraged folkies, and — in

The Best Book You Never Expected to Read

A chance encounter with a historical marker identifying a Pony Express depot in Kansas inspired what author Rinker Buck characterized as a ‘crazyass’ idea: buy some mules, hitch up a covered wagon, and traverse 2,100 rough miles of the original Oregon Trail from Missouri to