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Not Preaching to the Choir

justin vernon makes music for the season

After 2008’s widely acclaimed For Emma, Forever Ago, Justin Vernon, sole member of the group Bon Iver, could have easily resorted to some laurel-resting.  Instead, he toured extensively and put out an EP at the beginning of 2009 that, while clearly recognizable as a Bon Iver creation, marked a significant departure from the hermetic recording process…

Troubled Waters

berlinger’s crude is a slick film

The Amazon jungle is a dangerous place. You might assume the toothy beasts lurking in the river ways—anacondas, caiman, bull sharks—would pose the greatest threat. But a new problem has gurgled up out of the water: crude oil. Lots of it. Joe Berlinger’s new documentary Crude highlights what the media has referred to relentlessly as a…

Messrs. October

dude. food.

“People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball.  I’ll tell you what I do.  I stare out the window and wait for spring.” – Rogers Hornsby While we like to augment the staring with dark beers, crusty bread and root-based soups, the sentiments of Mr. Hornsby (he of the .424 average…

I Call Middle!

The Hardy Brothers

Dear Hardy Brothers, Sometimes when I’m high, I think about threesomes. The other night I was stoned, listening to the new Britney Spears song “3” and I really got to thinking. Then I got stuck. Maybe because I was too high. Maybe because it’s too complicated an issue. Either way, Hardy Brothers, I’d love to…

A Word or Two on Budweiser

Let me start with the label. There’s something familiar about it—more than familiar, really, Budweiser occupies that same hallowed land as the other “great consumables,” like Marlboro and Coca-Cola. More than products, more than brands, something more like patriotism: irrational devotion, loyalty, love. Budweiser is special; it comes in a can with a label that…