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Margaret Eby

The Man in Black and Red

In 2005, journalist Antonino D’Ambrosio stumbled upon Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian and had an epiphany: “Johnny Cash was a folksinger.”

Quiet Riot

Late in the evening of August 29, 1952, a young pianist took the stage of the Maverick Concert Hall in Woodstock, New York. The night’s program, composed by a locally-beloved, eccentric California percussionist, was a benefit for the Artists Welfare Fund, and the audience members included a handful of vacationing members of the New York Philharmonic as well as a group of area music lovers.

In Defense of Yellow Journalism

In 1898, during the buildup to the Spanish-American war, journalist and founder of The Nation, E.L. Godkin, wrote an excoriating review in the New York Evening Post, lambasting the yellow press for their coverage of the explosion aboard the USS Maine.

Consider the Author

In the winter of 1996, Jann Wenner, the publisher of Rolling Stone, was flipping through the New York Times and landed on a photograph of David Foster Wallace. Infinite Jest, Wallace’s 1,079-page opus, had landed his name on bestseller lists and literati’s lips.


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JUNE 2023

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