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I Wanna Be Literated #191
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Fear City: New York’s Fiscal Crisis and the Rise of Austerity Policis Kim Phillips-Fein (Metropolitan Books) Books about financial crises shouldn’t be this exciting. Books about financial crises that happened 40 years shouldn’t be this exciting. But, somehow, Kim...

Thursday, 16 August 2018
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I Wanna Be Literated #190
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The Evolution of Beauty Richard Prum (Doubleday Books) Richard Prum seems to think he’s a Richard Dawkins type, which he’s not, and that’s probably at the heart of the problem with the Evolution of Beauty. What could have been a book that elevates our...

Tuesday, 14 August 2018
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TV Party Tonight! #54
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Super Troopers 2 Whether you like it or not, you gotta admire the underdog nature of Super Troopers. It’s a comedy that’s aged surprisingly well that fortunately never fell victim to many of the popular comedies of today. It’s not dependent of cameos...

Monday, 13 August 2018
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Vinyl Vlog 342
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Oh Sees ORC (Castle Face) Show me someone who doesn’t appreciate Thee Oh Sees and I’ll show you a damned fool. Same with all the other name incarnations of the band: The Oh Sees, Oh Sees, and OCS. It’s almost like band head honcho John Dwyer...

Wednesday, 08 August 2018
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Live: The Blueberry Tour @ Great Scott, Allston MA, August 5th 2018
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The Blueberry Tour with Joe Pera, Dan Licata, Jo Firestone, and Connor O’Malley If you’re a comedy fan and you haven’t heard of the participants in the Blueberry Tour, you just aren’t paying attention. Connor O’Malley’s bizarre...

Tuesday, 07 August 2018
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Vinyl Vlog 341
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into the The Old New Me / Times Like This 2LP reissue by Slim Dunlap. Of course, after the collapse, crash and burn of The Replacements in 1991, it was almost instantly hoped that somebody in the band would begin producing more...

Sunday, 05 August 2018
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Ground Control’s Back to School Guide 2018
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Ooooooooh! What’s this? Well, it’s your favorite Back to School guide, THAT’S WHAT! Dear readers, year after year, we’ve been giving the most in-depth coverage of all the articles we think you’re gonna want for the next school year and this time around it’s...

Thursday, 02 August 2018
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I Wanna Be Literated #189
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David Sedaris Calypso I’ll tell you, the hardest thing I’ve had to do at this point in my life is buying a house. Stressful doesn’t quite begin to describe it, and that’s considering that I had it pretty easy. I was so green going into it and the process moved...

Wednesday, 01 August 2018
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Vinyl Vlog 340
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M.F. DOOM Mm..Food (Vinyl Me Please edition) You have to respect DOOM, OK? You just have to. I only needed a few listens of his latest album Born Like This to realize the man was doing something different. Something interesting. Something worthwhile. Working my way...

Saturday, 28 July 2018
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I Wanna Be Literated #188
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October Song by Paul Le Blanc (Haymarket Books) I’ve read a lot of books on the Soviet Union and the Bolshevik victory, good and bad, and it’s about time a book like this came along. October Song is essentially a detailed account of how the events after the...

Thursday, 26 July 2018
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Vinyl Vlog 339
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into The Flaming Lips’ Greatest Hits Volume 1 LP. As a general rule, I must confess that Best-Of compilations seldom thrill me. While the odd set does prove to be the rule’s exception (like Nirvana’s black album,...

Tuesday, 24 July 2018
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TV Party Tonight! #53
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Mission Impossible Anthology Say what you will about Tom Cruise (go ahead, say it), but the man knows his way around an action movie. And he’s known for decades. Yes, he’s fallen from grace in the mainstream over the years, but that phenomenon is probably...

Monday, 23 July 2018
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