In 1971, the Voice hosted what music editor Robert Christgau then dubbed “the first and last annual Pazz & Jop Critics Poll,” receiving 84 ballots (of which only 39 came from what he described as “legitimate critics,” or “human beings with more access to print media than a lonely attack on Led Zeppelin III in a high school newspaper in Minnesota, which was one credential proferred”) and splitting the results across two music sections. Who’s Next won by a wide margin, its 540 points easily topping Sticky Fingers‘s 332 and Every Picture Tells a Story‘s 319. The prominence of legacy artists led Christgau to complain of a “creeping auterism” by which “fave raves of yore… are trotted out like so many Frank Tashlins to receive a great art award for their annual wheeze.” Three years later, however, the poll returned, trimmed down to just 24 voters, with Court and Spark by Joni Mitchell (the last female … [Read more...] about Robert Christgau’s Five Favorite Pazz & Jop Essays
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Have you lived through the past three presidents and managed to still believe that Republicans and Democrats share a single corporatist overlord? Do you casually use “neoliberal” as an insult, even though nobody has spotted a neoliberal in the wild since Gary Hart’s 1984 presidential campaign? Do you enjoy history lectures, but only when they are delivered by sarcastic, self-righteous people who conveniently omit anything that conflicts with their ideological worldview? Well then do I have the book for you! The Chapo Guide to Revolution: A Manifesto Against Logic, Facts and Reason lives up to its ironic title. The freshly published polemic is co-authored by the hosts—Felix Biederman, Matt Christman, Brendan James, Will Menaker and Virgil Texas—of the socialist, satirical podcast Chapo Trap House. The podcast rakes in six figures a month from more than 20,000 Patreon subscribers. It built its following on withering takedowns of insufficiently leftist … [Read more...] about Is This the Stupidest Book Ever Written About Socialism?
Hannan Adely and Dave Sheingold NorthJersey Published 11:30 p.m. UTC Jul 13, 2018 New Jersey is one of the country's most diverse states, but many school districts don't reflect the makeup of the counties where they are located, and the resulting divide has left many students learning in a racial bubble. A Record analysis found that school segregation is most extreme in three northeastern counties — Passaic, Essex and Union. The divide in these counties stands out because of their large minority populations and wide disparities in wealth and poverty. But North Jersey isn't alone. Segregated districts are found across the state, especially in cities like Paterson, Newark, Trenton and Camden, where children go to schools where white students are virtually absent. Often, districts just a few miles apart have vastly different income levels and ratios of white and minority students. Look up the racial makeup … [Read more...] about How segregated are New Jersey’s schools and what can be done about it?
In a cramped green room at the iO Theater, the next generation of female comedians prepare for Girl Gang, a late-night, weekly showcase of up-and-coming talent. iO Creative Director Shelby Plummer — who also helps produce the event — leads the Girl Gang oath, which includes “Girl Gang is a space to express myself, to learn, to create and to make mistakes. As a member of the Girl Gang I am personally responsible for empowering myself and my other past, present and future Girl Gang women.”While Chicago might not have as many comedy opportunities as New York or Los Angeles, Plummer said the city is also a training ground.“You do have to hustle and you do have to go after your own,” she said. “Marginalized groups of people have been historically much better at doing that because they had to. … That’s why you see a lot of the best shows in the city being led by women and people of color.”Comedy groups like the Asian-American … [Read more...] about Funny Girl: The women in Chicago telling jokes, and laughing, too
Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Jorge Sanjuan pulled back a chain-link fence, and Cindy Quezada squeezed through the gap. They stepped over two rotting mattresses and an old tire and peered into a backyard. The neighbors eyed them suspiciously. “You guys with ICE?” one teenager asked. Quezada laughed and shook her head. It was a sunny January afternoon, and she and Sanjuan had spent the past three hours crisscrossing the alleys of a Fresno, California, neighborhood with small one-story bungalows and Mexican restaurants, looking for sheds, garages, and trailers serving as makeshift homes. They weren’t out to harass the immigrants living there; they were there to count them. Quezada and Sanjuan were working with the Central Valley Immigrant Integration Collaborative, a network of organizations embarking on a pilot program to identify “low-visibility housing” in Fresno in preparation for the 2020 census. The … [Read more...] about Hidden Figures: How Donald Trump Is Rigging the Census