“There was no Delta blues before there were cheap, readily available steel-string guitars. And those guitars, which transformed American culture, were brought to the boondocks by Sears, Roebuck & Co.”
Arts & Culture
Tuesday, May 8
Saturday, May 5
A look at Chicago’s DJ culture in the ’90s.
One day in 1997, Sneak promised his friend and fellow Chicago DJ Derrick Carter a new 12-inch for Carter's label Classic, then spent hours fruitlessly laboring over a basic, bustling four-four beat. Finally, Sneak gave in and smoked the J he'd had stashed for later in the day. When he came back inside, he carelessly dropped the needle onto a Teddy Pendergrass LP, heard the word "Well . . . ," and realized, "That's the sample, right there." He threaded Pendergrass's 20-year-old disco hit "You Can't Hide From Yourself" through a low-pass filter to give it the effect of going in and out of aural focus, creating one of the definitive Chicago house singles.
Friday, May 4
The Beastie Boys on tour in Los Angeles shortly after the release of their debut album, Licensed to Ill.
Thursday, May 3
On “Poor Hartley,” the son of Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
Wednesday, May 2
A free-ranging conversation between music writers Simon Reynolds and Greil Marcus.
Tuesday, May 1
On Norman Bel Geddes, pioneer of miniatures and maker of the “most iconic World’s Fair exhibit of all time.”
Saturday, April 28
A profile of the hardworking Samuel L. Jackson, whose movies have grossed more than any actor’s ever.
Wednesday, April 25
On Marilyn Monroe and the pains of post-war America.
Tuesday, April 24
How a lonely, self-taught hacker found his way into the private emails of movie stars – and into the underworld of the celebrity-skin business.
The story of a bizarre—and bizarrely effective—smear campaign.