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Top 100 songs of all-time: 71-80

With this installment, we’re living almost entirely in the bubble of late 90s/early 2000s white people rock. And the one major exception is a Velvet Underground track that in many ways could count as the first mover of the wave that would … Continue reading

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Top 100 songs of all-time: 81-90

A bunch of love songs today, which run the gamut from the utterly specific to the transcendent. 90. Crimson And Clover – Tommy James & The Shondells (1968) That descending guitar riff that closes out each line of the song … Continue reading

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Top 100 songs of all-time: 91-100

As a lover of music and as an obsessive maker of lists, it’s kind of surprising I’ve never put in the effort to construct this ultimate list before. But one of my friends recently sent his own list and it got … Continue reading

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Top 15 albums of 2016

The past decade has been a real golden period for music.  But unlike previous golden ages, which were defined by extensive innovation in popular genres (the mid to late 60s with rock, the mid 80s to early 90s with rap … Continue reading

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Top 40 songs of 2016

2016 hasn’t been the greatest year. Politically, culturally, socially. And unfortunately, as it turns out, musically as well. Not that it was an awful year, just a drab one. Still, even in a comparatively down year for music, there was still tons … Continue reading

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Nate Silver and the epistemology of uncertainty

Michael: Gee, it is my business model. I mean, if you had a business model, then by all means, you go in there and do… For the last few weeks, frantic liberals have been checking the 538 election forecasts, and … Continue reading

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Top 10 Bob Dylan songs

The most enigmatic musician of the modern era, and now a Nobel laureate to boot. In some ways, it’s tough to write about Dylan’s genius. Some aspects are so obvious that it feels pointless to belabor the point with further … Continue reading

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The three-body problem: why presidential elections are a pretty bad place to fight the two-party system

I’m currently reading The Three-Body Problem, and it got me thinking about third parties. Here’s the analogy: the problem with third parties in US politics is that the law of physics under which they operate create impenetrable barriers for a three-party equilibrium. … Continue reading

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Why media coverage of the election is so terrible: a grand unified theory

To criticize the media is to tread into disputed territory, even before the content of one’s criticism is unfurled. There is no such thing as ‘the media’ in the sense of a monolithic entity. But to the extent that anything … Continue reading

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The domestication of racial protest

“He’s not anti-American; he’s just against the bad parts of America.” “They’re not attacking white people, just attacking the systems of racial exclusion.” “Patriotism means criticizing the bad just as much as it means celebrating the good.” “Of course all lives … Continue reading

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