Stop me if you’ve heard this one: A young man, rattled by a recent breakup, retreats to a cabin in Northern Wisconsin, channeling his emotions into the music he records in solitude. Eduard Vocke is plenty aware he’s not the first musician to take .. more

On Music

 Punkrock thrived on opposition, and in Apartheid-era South Africa, there was muchto be opposed to. The documentary Punk inAfrica is mostly about the emergence of punk rock in ‘70s South Africa andits evolution into a conte.. more

I Hate Hollywood

Though the sun seems to visiting a bit more these days,sickness has redoubled its efforts to ensure the slow-approaching spring is allthe sweeter for the misery we’ve endured. If you’ve already exceeded therecommended daily doses of acet.. more

Visual Arts

As editor of Grove Press in the 1960s, Richard Seaver successfully challenged America's censorship laws over the publication of D.H. Lawrence's sexually explicit and long outlawed novel, Lady Chatterly's Lover. He also shepherded Henry Mill more


E.M. Forster received a third life in the 1980s when his novels Howards End and A Passage to India became art-house film hits; his second life had already begun in the ’70s with the posthumous publication of his explicitly gay novel Maurice... more


A.N. Wilson has always been a hard one to pin down politically, at least if the pins and boards come off the shelf at the Wal-Mart of ready-made ideas. In recent years the award-winning British biographer has turned his attention to interpr... more

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In 1988, no one expected the East Bloc to disintegrate within a year. In Russian historian Constantine Pleshakov’s cheeky, sharply worded account of the last days of the Evil Empire, none of the key players—not Reagan, Bush or John Paul II&... more


E.M. Forster was one of Britain’s best-selling literary authors a century ago, and is known nowadays to art house lovers from film adaptations of Howards End, A Passage to India and Maurice. In his perceptive and critical analysis, Frank Ke... more