Prince is dead

Prince is dead

When someone stops you in the hall and tells you, “Prince is dead,” it’s like a foreign phrase that catches deep in your brain. Prince is dead, you think, and spend the rest of the day turning that phrase over in your head like a rock tumbler. But it never...
Ryan Adams vs. Taylor Swift: whose 1989 is better?

Ryan Adams vs. Taylor Swift: whose 1989 is better?

The music event of September might have been the release of Ryan Adams’ 1989, a front-to-back cover of Taylor Swift’s platinum-selling album by the same name. A curious decision for the 40-year-old singer-songwriter who first came to prominence with the...
Not a Fun Home-coming for Duke frosh

Not a Fun Home-coming for Duke frosh

If the value of a college summer reading assignment for incoming students is measured by the controversy it generates, Duke University wrapped up a stellar off-season in August. University administrators expected some to bristle when they chose Alison Bechdel’s...
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