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They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

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They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us

Reviewed by Robert Christgau ×

A poet and music critic's boundary-smashing new collection proves to be one of the year's most vital documents on an America in crisis.
The Realest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

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The Realest Thing You’ve Ever Seen

Essay by Robert Christgau ×

Bruce Springsteen's music and stage persona have always turned on authenticity -- and the artist-turned-memoirist knows exactly how tricky that is. Robert Christgau on the restless,...
Lives Saved, Lives Lost

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Lives Saved, Lives Lost

By Robert Christgau ×

The godmother of Punk and one of her artistic descendants write about finding homes, musical and otherwise. Essay by Robert Christgau.
Mapping the Earworm’s Genome

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Mapping the Earworm’s Genome

By Robert Christgau ×

John Seabrook's "The Song Machine" looks at the world of topliners, bliss points, and how the hook you can't get out of your head was engineered to stay there. Robert Christgau reviews.
Excuses, Excuses: The 2014 Dean’s List

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Excuses, Excuses: The 2014 Dean’s List

By Robert Christgau ×

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

By Robert Christgau ×

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

Reviewed by Robert Christgau ×

A transatlantic view of pop music's cultural triumph. Review by Robert Christgau.

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More Generous than That

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More Generous than That

by Robert Christgau ×

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

By Robert Christgau ×

Reading tales from inside the hedge fund casino.

The 2013 Dean’s List

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The 2013 Dean’s List

By Robert Christgau ×

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

The Consensus Has Consequences

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The Consensus Has Consequences

By Robert Christgau ×

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

Unruly Reading

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Unruly Reading

By Robert Christgau ×

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