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Robert Christgau's Consumer Guide column appears monthly at msn.com. He is a critic at All Things Considered, writes for the National Arts Journalism Program's ARTicles blog, teaches in NYU's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, and has published five books. His highly searchable website is robertchristgau.com.

The Country of Ice Cream Star

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The Country of Ice Cream Star

A novel of post-apocalyptic America in the year 2100, starring a heroine "as bell and brave as 'The Hunger Games' Katniss Everdeen - and much more mature."
Excuses, Excuses: The 2014 Dean’s List

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Excuses, Excuses: The 2014 Dean’s List

Better late than never: our opinionated rundown of the best of a year in listening.
Spotlight on the Queen

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Spotlight on the Queen

David Ritz's new life of Aretha Franklin sheds light on the painstaking artistry that brought her to the throne. Review by Robert Christgau.
Anti-Rockism’s Hall of Fame

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Anti-Rockism’s Hall of Fame

A transatlantic view of pop music's cultural triumph. Review by Robert Christgau.
More Generous than That

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More Generous than That

A rock musician-turned-novelist takes the woes of three hard-luck Americans and makes them sing.

They Bet Your Life

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They Bet Your Life

Reading tales from inside the hedge fund casino.

The Consensus Has Consequences

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The Consensus Has Consequences

Our listener-in-residence on his year in music.

The 2013 Dean’s List

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The 2013 Dean’s List

An annual, opinionated rundown of the best of a year in listening.

Unruly Reading

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Unruly Reading

A critic's year in reading takes in "life-changing" books old and new.

The Cynic and the Bloke

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The Cynic and the Bloke

On tour with Donald Fagen and Rod Stewart.

No Hitting

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No Hitting

In Norman Rush’s Subtle Bodies, a  memorial service brings old friends together.

Tell All

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Tell All

Intimate memoirs of New York life and love.