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Auditioning the New R.E.M.

So it’s been over a month now since R.E.M., one of my favorite bands, maybe the favorite band, has split up. And I still feel deeply gloomy about the whole thing. People who mourn celebrities like a friend or a brother are a bit self-indulgent.… Read the rest

Posted in Criticism, Music Criticism, Personal

10 Best Underappreciated R.E.M. Songs of All Time

R.E.M. was is one of my favorite bands of all time. They are without question some of the wisest, most prescient, and transcendent voices I’ve ever heard from the wider world. And, thanks to their maturity and creative commitment, they’ve been in my life for practically as long as I have been.… Read the rest

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Posted in Lists, Music Criticism

Gothic Detroit, Part 1

This past weekend, when I was touring my book in Michigan, I had the first opportunity in a couple years to visit Detroit.

Of course, the city’s national and international reputation has been legendary for most of its existence, and most recently by its bizarre status as a sort of non-America within America; a disempowered place with almost a million residents, terrible statistics for crime, poverty, and abandonment, and so on.… Read the rest

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Posted in gothic, movements, Music Criticism

The Gothic Blog: What Shall We Talk About?

It’s officially day #2 in the life of the Gothic Blog!

First, my posts will range all over the map, but I’d like to be sure to post about the subjects you are most interested in.  Will you take a moment to complete the short survey below?… Read the rest

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Posted in Film Criticism, gothic, Literary Criticism, Music Criticism

Birthing the Blog (4 of 4): WINTER WONDERLAND

To celebrate the rebirth of my personal blog as a study of the Gothic, I am reposting four entries from years past.  They are a little musty and damp, but they’ll give a sense of what this blog is going to sound like in the weeks and months to come.… Read the rest

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