Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 6:24pm
"Shuggie Bain" is author Douglas Stuart's first novel. It is shortlisted for the 2020 Booker Prize.

Oftentimes, we evaluate the emotional power of a work of art based on its capability to invoke tears. We’ll recommend a book or a movie to our friends under the pretense that it made us cry over a gut-wrenching twist to the fate of a beloved character. Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” harnesses a different sort of emotional power. Characters are not built up and then broken down; instead, the tragedies of each chapter immediately and methodically eat at the reader’s emotional pulp, leaving nothing but a rind of numbness.

Thursday, November 5, 2020 - 1:41pm

To whom it may concern,

I’m sorry.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 6:59pm

Sometimes an album’s lyrical content alludes to themes that explicitly or tangentially reflect the experiences and mentalities of younger people. Sometimes an album features a sound that evokes a youthful energy, like through springy chords or energetically chaotic melodies. Often the mere happenstance of an album’s release date aligning with the listener’s childhood can grant it a youthful quality in and of itself. MGMT managed to fulfill this trifecta as they unearthed the anthology of adolescent anthems better known as Oracular Spectacular.