I Wanna be Literated #218
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Who Owns the Futureby Jaron Lanier I hate books that give away the ending in the title. I hate it more when they tell you there’s an ending then don’t show it to you. The problem with titles like “Who Owns the Future” is that it makes your book sound like a self-help book. Like “The Secret.” I understand that Jaron Lanier is supposed to sell books and maybe his publisher pushed for this title, but if he were so...

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Sunday, 26 April 2020
I Wanna Be Literated #217
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Marx at the Arcade: Consoles, Controllers, and Class Struggleby Jamie Woodcock It’s strange for me to think just how engrossed I was in the gamer lifestyle when I was a kid. I think it might have been because I was an unmotivated, unimaginative kid, but I was deeply tuned into video games for as long as I could remember. My brother was into them, so he got me started, and I just upped the ante. I would read magazines, carefully...

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Monday, 20 April 2020
I Wanna be Literated #216
BOOKS

Rethinking Camelot: JFK, the Vietnam War, and US Political Cultureby Noam Chomsky Should Noam Chomsky be required reading for everyone? Of course. The man has written about so many topics, that anyone is bound to find something that appeals to them. And in reading Chomsky, you can always expect your entire understanding of the world to be flipped upside down. You can consider it a challenge for being exposed to an alternate perspective, or you can consider Chomsky someone who...

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Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Vinyl Vlog 422
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A deeper look at the grooves pressed into The Drowns’ Under Tension LP. While we could easily start this review of The Drowns’ debut album discussing the disparity between looks (the album cover – which is terrible) and content (the music on the album), let’s just start with this endorsement: no matter how much praise Under Tension receives, it deserves more. There are plenty of flaws in the packaging, but the music is absolutely peerless in its quality. From beginning...

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Wednesday, 08 April 2020
I Wanna Be Literated #215
BOOKS

Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet BureaucracyThomas M. Twiss Leon Trotsky should be known for a lot of things, but especially for having one of the greatest rises and falls in history. Rising to revered leader of the Soviet state to globally ostracized and being brutally murdered. The man’s life can never be analyzed enough. In fact, it has been time and time again, which is what makes Trotsky and the Problem of Soviet Biography such an interesting book. It’s...

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Monday, 06 April 2020
TV Party Tonight! #84
DVD/Blu-Ray

Knives Out I haven’t breathed a sigh of relief quite like the one I did after seeing Knives Out. I’ve just been burned so often by movies. Either because the trailer misrepresented what it was about to see, or it spoiled too much of the movie, or because the hype (as always) was hyperbolic, or because a trusted filmmaker didn’t make something that resonated with me. When I saw the trailer for Knives Out, I thought it looked like a...

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Saturday, 04 April 2020
TV Party Tonight! #83
DVD/Blu-Ray

Uncut Gems Movies like Uncut Gems make me happy that the Oscars don’t get it. Sure, it’s rough around the edges (pun intended), the characters are largely unlikeable, and the setting is strangely specific, but there is no doubt that Uncut Gems is highly original, has a gripping story, and is full of great performances. I mean, who knew we’d be praising an Adam Sandler movie. Look, of course he doesn’t deserve an Oscar for this, because that’s a...

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Tuesday, 31 March 2020
Vinyl Vlog 421
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Nas Illmatic (Get on Down Records) photo: @frangarg There’s this Key and Peele sketch called Bling Benzy and Da Struggle which perfectly personifies the state of mainstream rap music. In the sketch, the “old” and “new” sound of rap music are represented: the struggle of the old rap, delivered calmly but confidently over a jazz melody deals with social inequalities, the new rap delivered loudly with a screeching voice is about getting titties in your mouth. Neither is right or...

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Sunday, 22 March 2020
PHOTOBOOTH: Against Me! Live @ Port City Music Hall (Portland, ME) 03-12-20
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Photos by Brittany Rose...

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Wednesday, 18 March 2020
Vinyl Vlog 420
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A deeper look at the grroves pressed into the hot pink, limited edition pressing of Father of All Motherfuckers by Green Day. After a span of sixteen years spent examining a series of high-concept creative endeavors (American Idiot started the trend in 2004 and catapulted Green Day onto an echelon of rock stardom that no one imagined possible for the band before, followed by another concept album in the form of 21 st Century Breakdown and a three-album vanity project,...

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Monday, 16 March 2020