Culture / Cultural Comment Category

April 8, 2019

“Old Town Road” and the Overdue Death of Genre

Carrie Battan writes about the surprising, genre-busting success of the song “Old Town Road,” by the nineteen-year-old rapper Lil Nas X.

April 7, 2019

Joe Biden and the Perils of Good Intentions

Katy Waldman on how former Vice-President Joe Biden’s long-held reputation of incurring into personal space may hinder his Presidential aspirations in the #MeToo era.

April 5, 2019

“My Soul Is Satisfied”: An Intimate New Documentary, “Amazing Grace,” Explores the Source of Aretha Franklin’s Power

Emily Lordi writes on Aretha Franklin and the film “Amazing Grace,” directed by Sydney Pollack, which documents the recording of her live 1972 gospel album, at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church, in Los Angeles.