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Zach Hindin is a writer and musician based in Harlem.

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Vivian Li Debut Goes Eclectic-acoustic

(1) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 1:04 PM

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The mandolinist-composer Vivian Li thrives between bluegrass and classical music. No two genres are more hard-set in their ways, but Li and her Pickled Campers apply heat to tradition and the walls come tumbling down; the result is Li's promising debut,

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The CNN Affect

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 5:00 PM

Consider the last couple weeks a case study in American infomania.

Infomania refers to the compulsion to accumulate information, especially news, via cell phone or computer -- a kind of Digital-Age hoarding disorder. (The term was coined in 1982 by Elizabeth Ferrarini, whose Confessions of an Infomaniac sounds like a...

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The Scorsese Principle of Deliberative Democracy

(3) Comments | Posted December 31, 2013 | 11:36 AM

What to make of the last five seconds of The Wolf of Wall Street? A punchline? After 180 minutes of gaping at Leonardo DiCaprio's mesmerizing portrayal of a sybaritic stock swindler, the last frame shows an audience mesmerized, gaping at a sybaritic stock swindler. Of course in movie-land, that audience is supposedly watching...

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Second Impressions: Marshall Mathers

(3) Comments | Posted November 11, 2013 | 3:13 PM

Opening The Marshall Mathers LP 2 is a seven-minute set-piece called "Bad Guy." The beat is, for the most part, a two-tone blinker reverb'd to sound like hightops squeaking on a basketball court: left, right, left, right. Eminem starts in at the fifth bar, fastening his lines with deadpan end...

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A Modest Proposal to the NRA

(7) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 6:08 PM

Friends, gunmen, wives of gunmen,

Since the tragic misuse of The Great Equalizer at Sandy Hook Elementary School last December, there have been 17 so-called "mass shootings" on American soil.  Based on the most recent estimates from the CDC, it is likely that at the time of writing,

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Stupid Genius

(1) Comments | Posted July 18, 2013 | 3:02 PM

Well, that's it, folks. With the release of Magna Carta... Holy Grail, Jay-Z's commodification is both certain and complete.

The rap mogul's genius has always combined commercial savvy with street credibility, marginalizing showbiz execs by independently marketing a radical answer to black disenfranchisement: his own franchise. Of course, that...

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Kanye West's Sacred Music

(2) Comments | Posted June 26, 2013 | 11:57 AM

"The highest art is always the most religious, and the greatest artist is always a devout person." I remembered Abraham Lincoln's formula listening to Kanye West's eponymous new album Yeezus on the 1 train yesterday. "I am a God" may be the most arguable song title in our time, though...

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It's a Brave New World, We Just Live In It

(64) Comments | Posted June 18, 2013 | 12:16 PM

George Orwell's name is being thrown around a lot these days. It should be Aldous Huxley's.

Almost immediately, the press invoked George Orwell to characterize the drama unfolding around Edward Snowden's revelation of PRISM, our National Security Administration's digitally omniscient domestic surveillance program. A Google News search for the author's...

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Judge, Jury and Record Producer: A Critic Looks at Phil Spector

(2) Comments | Posted April 8, 2013 | 5:13 PM

We owe the special nuance of the word "innocent" to a striking case of mistaken identity. The word derives from a composite of the Latin negation prefix in -- with nocere, meaning "guilty" or "evil." But over time, the root word was confused with noscere, meaning "to know." As a...

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@MarcoRubio

(5) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 2:33 PM

Dear Mr. Rubio,

I was touched by last week's TMZ feature in which you spoke with wistful nostalgia about 2Pac's legacy while riding the escalator at Reagan National Airport. I was further intrigued when, following up that interview by phone, you dismissed Lil Wayne as part and parcel of a...

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