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Allyson Polsky McCabe

ALLYSON POLSKY MCCABE teaches writing at Yale.

The Book Critics Circle Awards

The winners of the NBCC awards were announced last night at the New School to the anticipation, and sometimes surprise, of a standing room-only crowd.

Being Patti Smith

When Patti Smith arrived in New York in the summer of ’67, she was self-consciously outside society. She slept in graveyards, shacked up with Robert Mapplethorpe at the Chelsea, and shamelessly pilfered art supplies to nurture Mapplethorpe’s creative spirit.

Decoding Lez Zeppelin

Every band wants you to believe that it’s all about the music. And every band’s success depends on sustaining that illusion.

Teri Gender Bender of Bosnian Rainbows

Gender Bender earned a reputation for being wild and unpredictable at shows, often climbing the rafters, hanging upside-down above the stage, sometimes even urinating on the floor.

The Renaissances and Reunions Of 2013

In a year in which the pop charts have been dominated by the manufactured likes of Katy Perry and Miley Cyrus, we have also enjoyed an unprecedented, and unexpected, resurgence of women from the indie scene. For me, this has been a lot like getting a call from an old friend who’s been out of touch for a while and remembering how much you like her.

Dispatch from the CMJ Music Marathon

With five days and nights of nonstop performances, the 34-year old CMJ Music Marathon touts itself as “one of the world’s foremost platforms for discovering new music.” But with over 1,400 shows to choose from, it’s easy to succumb to fatigue, followed by ennui.

Nick Cave's Great Gamble

Inspired by John Berryman’s The Dream Songs, Cave intersperses vivid images with a narrative record of life on the road—from backstage to onstage and after the shows, a catalogue of the most and least glamorous aspects of touring and performing.

Carla Bozulich’s Foray Into Pop

After five-plus bands, countless collaborations, and decades of relentless touring, Carla Bozulich has managed to remain both prolific and, perhaps intentionally, obscure.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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