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Classic Breakup August 18, 2014: Why do bands break up? Why is the breakup (and inevitable reunion) such a durable pop trope? Is it part of the essential disposability of culture under capitalism? That groups should fade, creating [...] by

The Huckster August 13, 2014: If the world sorts into Stones and Beatles people, I’m Kinks. Where the Stones had sex and swagger, and the Beatles structure and strings, the Kinks were a more ambiguous outfit whose pull I find [...] by

Qasida August 11, 2014: I have trouble thinking about form in poetry. From a wide view, it makes rough sense—a poem has a different form than a novel, Western than Rom-Com, opera than pop song. But that’s genre, not [...] by

Keep It In Motion August 7, 2014: A few weeks back on YouTube, I came across a video Guided By Voices made for one of their recent singles. In it, a magician (played by comedian Jon Glaser) sits in front of a dressing room mirror [...] by

Classic Lineup August 4, 2014: I only just learned that Guided By Voices is back together. Rod Smith had them on in the car as we zipped past the Washington National Cathedral, America’s valentine to the Middle Ages it didn’t [...] by

Lend Me Your Ears July 31, 2014: Is it me or is Marcel Broodthaers the new Vito Acconci in the poetry world, the de rigueur historical example of the poet/artist? It seems rare nowadays to engage in a conversation dealing with [...] by

I Like People, and I Like People to Like Me July 24, 2014: Two things I heard last weekend have been stuck in my head like earworms. Make that three. Okay, four. The context in which I heard them is worth noting: the symposium “Expanded Writing” at the [...] by

Tudo Passa July 17, 2014: “The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.” I stumbled on this Bertrand Russell quote after having spent many, many hours—comfortably, sometimes edgily—in the role of spectator of a [...] by

Art & Poetry Now July 9, 2014: I get a lot of press releases at BOMB—a high quotient of them art-related. Often those using hyper-theoretical discourse reach Borgesian levels of critical absurdity that make them come across as [...] by

For the Both of Us June 30, 2014: I would never have become the poet I am if I hadn’t known, in my twenties, a young woman named Rachel Sherwood. I was six months older than she was, but like many important relationships in my [...] by