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The Best Music of 2020, Pt. II

Last time around we visited some trends of past-revivalism and revanchism in indie rock, Fiona Apple, and The Soft Pink Truth. This time...

The Best Music of 2020, Pt. I

(In which complete appraisal of the downs and ups of a miserable year is abandoned, indefinitely). There was an inordinate amount of good...

May You Live in Interesting Times

In Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds (1963), a tiny Bay Area town is suddenly blighted by waves of gulls and sparrows and crows, in groups so...


Who and what exactly is the Reluctant Modernist? Above all, a project—and an intention, vague—to refine one's ability to think on the...



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