B-Side

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This week's B-Side, headed by Senior Arts Editor Jo Chang, examines "comfort" in the arts. From childhood films to TV's "Friends" to midnight dancing, our writers take a look at what serves as their own emotional repose.

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School of Music, Theatre and Dance alum Maya Ballester started her career at the University in the vocal performance program, but soon realized her heart lay closer to musical theatre.

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In the late 19th century, former slaves and the children of former slaves – robbed of centuries of cultural and musical heritage – gathered in the streets of New Orleans to forge a musical tradition to call their own.

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In his 1988 poem “Introduction to Poetry,” Billy Collins laments the way his students have been taught to read poetry.

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The first time I found a copy of Joy Williams’s “The Changeling,” I was 19 and wandering around the public library searching for it — though I wasn’t aware of this yet. It was a few months before summer break and I was on the brink of a spectacular mental breakdown. 

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William Deresiewicz sees a crisis in the arts, and he needs you to stop it. Unfortunately, it’s not going to be that simple, because the problem comes from something that is increasingly woven into the fabric of our daily lives: The Algorithm.

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“Oh, my darling, Clementine. You were lost and gone forever. Dreadful sorry, Clementine.” 

Dylan: a queer icon?

This article is a part of the Arts b-side on Icons. For a full look at our b-side pieces exploring this theme, click this link.

But I think Wallace was something else: a deeply troubled pop-hero who left his mark on the world through his art, his terror and his public presence.

This article is a part of the Arts b-side on Icons. For a full look at our b-side pieces exploring this theme, click this link.

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This article is a part of the Arts b-side on Icons. For a full look at our b-side pieces exploring this theme, click this link.