Left to right:  Robert Glasper, Kendrick Lamar, Kasmasi Washington

Zombie Music

“Jazz is dead!” “Long live jazz!” These competing diagnoses define the genre and its evolving boundaries. And that means a future of interesting music.


Cops and American Culture

Why our culture of law enforcement—and tensions between police and communities—is a lot more nuanced and interesting than you might think.


Tales Of The Fight Game

Both the LeDoux and Inoki fights are mere footnotes on Muhammad Ali’s athletic resume. Yet Paul Levy’s biography of LeDoux, The Fighting Frenchman, and Josh Gross’s exhaustive account of Ali vs. Inoki, give readers another way of looking at fights that elevated their importance, if not for Ali, then for the men who opposed him in these bouts.


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