Paste was too good to be true. Except that it was true.

Passion blazed in every issue.If you needed signs of life in music, film, and culture, you didn't need to do anything but hold a copy of Paste in your hands.The writing was filled with heart, smarts, wit, character, and loveIt looked great.Every other arts magazine going paled by comparison. (I would make one exception - No Depression - but they disappeared a while ago, they focused on a much narrower slice of art and culture, and they never provided the aesthetic thrills of … [Read more...]

Browser: The “Remember me?” edition. Best Directors of the Decade. Lonely writers.

Okay, it's official: My life has become too busy for me to be a responsible blogger.Let me try to make it up to you in the next couple of weeks, with a new video blog, my list of Favorite Films of 2009 (the Premature Version), my list of Favorite Recordings of 2009 (almost ready!), more Auralia's Colors confessions, sneak previews of Raven's Ladder, and a marathon of interesting links.Oh, keep an eye on Imagejournal.org. Friday, my review of Avatar should be there. You'll also see a … [Read more...]

Let’s Save Paste!

Those of you who know the substantial piece of publishing that Rolling Stone once was have probably been saddened by what the magazine has become: an ordinary catalog of advertising, occasionally interrupted by an article worth reading.Even worse, music-lovers lately mourned the loss of  No Depression's print magazine.But Paste?Paste? … [Read more...]

Browser: Save Paste Magazine! Daniel Day-Lewis Dances! Movies Based on a True (False) Story

1. SAVE PASTE MAGAZINE.Read this urgent message from Over the Rhine and Paste magazine.2.The return of Daniel Day-Lewis. And you've never seen him do this before.Here's the trailer for Rob Marshall's new musical: "Nine." httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJpwwdOomtY In HD at Apple.3.Six "Based on a True Story" Movies that bear little, if any, resemblance to the truth. (Caution: Naughty words.) … [Read more...]

Browser: Gerard Manley Hopkins & Paul Mariani; A moratoriaum on Holocaust films?; Plus, U2, Katherine Heigl, Keanu and more 2008 Film Awards

Paul Mariani, one of my favorite poets, has now penned a new book on Gerard Manley Hopkins. Books and Culture has a review.More...  … [Read more...]

Josh Jackson Interviews Sam Phillips

Josh Jackson interviewed Sam Phillips recently, right at the beginning of her tour of Borders bookstores. I'll be talking with her again soon for a special assignment I've been given. Can't wait. … [Read more...]

My Favorite Music Reviewer Speaks

Andy Whitman, my favorite writer at Paste Magazine, delivered a lecture at the Trinity Arts Conference last week.I missed it. My work schedule prevented me from attending, and it hurt to miss out. Nobody writes about music with more passion than Andy. And few can draw from such a wealth of experience in listening closely. I've discovered a great deal of excellent music from following Andy's journeys. And it is a privilege to call him a friend.God bless him, he just gave me permission to … [Read more...]

Paste reviews Don’t Do Anything

Will I see you at the Borders bookstore in Redmond, Washington next Wednesday? Sam Phillips will be there, playing songs from her new album Don't Do Anything. And if you need any more persuading to pick up a copy, here's a review in Paste: … [Read more...]

The Browser, 5/8: O’Connor; Berryman; Joe Henry; Elvis Costello; Ron Burgundy; Image on Lumet’s latest

Do you have the equipment?Flannery O'Connor blogged twice this week. That's always worth a look. And what great quotes. … [Read more...]

Linford Detweiler Tells Over the Rhine’s “Made in America” Story

At Paste, Linford Detweiler slips into that storytelling voice that fans of Over the Rhine know and love, and he vividly illustrates the events leading up to his career as a songwriter, to the recording of The Trumpet Child, and to the arrival of a song about Tom Waits. … [Read more...]


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