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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Book Review: “American Audacity” — Literature is the One Religion Worth Having by Matt Hanson

Demanding that people pay attention to quality is about as audacious a demand you can take in our giddy culture.

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Sunday, January 6, 2019

Blues Review: Ryan Lee Crosby’s “River Music” — A Potent Musical Stew by Matt Hanson

River Music will satisfy the slightly adventurous listener as few other records I heard last year.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

Film Feature: Best of the 2018 Criterion Collection Crop by Matt Hanson

The Criterion Collection will start its own streaming service early next year, and signups for charter membership have commenced.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Arts Remembrance: Pete Shelley of the Buzzcocks — A Matter of the Heart by Matt Hanson

Pete Shelley's elegies for the wilted flowers of romance were shouted over songs that were alternately tuneful and fierce.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Theater Review: “Man in the Ring” — A Precipitous Fall by Matt Hanson

Acclaimed playwright and screenwriter Michael Cristofer’s script is very open about portraying Emile Griffith’s sexuality.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Television Review: “Jane Fonda: A Life in Five Acts” by Matt Hanson

The more we hear about Jane Fonda's homilies about needing to be “whole” and “self-actualize” the more her personal journey sounds more like a succession of carefully calculated bran…

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Book Review/Interview: Talking “Upstate” With Critic James Wood by Matt Hanson

"I like implication very much; there’s a fiction of implication that I think I’ve championed over the fiction of explication."

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Film Commentary: FilmStruck Untimely Struck Down by Matt Hanson

Why is the curtain suddenly dropping now on FilmStruck, a vast, diverse, and tastefully curated archive of films spanning the past century and the entire globe.

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Monday, October 22, 2018

Rock CD Review: “Joe Strummer 001” — He Never Rested on His Laurels by Matt Hanson

What the box set makes adamantly, abundantly clear is how egalitarian Joe Strummer’s musical vision truly was. If you don’t already know his solo work, you should.

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Television Review: “Barry” — The Trials and Tribulations of a Low-Rent Hitman by Matt Hanson

One of Barry’s strongest attributes is its brand of dark, surreal, and unexpectedly witty satire.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Concert Review: David Byrne’s “American Utopia” by Matt Hanson

Conceptual and abstract as David Byrne can often be, he’s one art schooler who isn’t afraid to get down.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Television Review: Elvis Presley — The Searcher? by Matt Hanson

What we don’t learn very much about is Elvis’ inner life, his motivations, and his deeper ambitions.

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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Television Review: Gary Shandling — Your Favorite Comedian’s Favorite Comedian by Matt Hanson

Gary Shandling’s life and art are both given the redeeming appreciation they deserve.

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Film Review: “Sorry To Bother You” — Engaging Anti-Capitalist Satire by Matt Hanson

Sorry to Bother You is a doozy -- vividly shot, morally vigorous, and consistently funny.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018

Book Review: Catch “Culture Fever” by Matt Hanson

Being able to comfortably shift gears between “high” and “low” culture is one of the easiest ways in which a contemporary critic can gain the reader’s trust.

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Film Review: Scorsese’s “Age of Innocence” — Re-released by Matt Hanson

The privilege Edith Wharton’s characters swim in has not disappeared. If anything, it’s expanded farther into the social stratosphere.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Book Review: “Secrets and Shadows” — Lessons of the Past by Matt Hanson

Roberta Silman’s engaging and deeply felt novel is a reminder of what it means to carry a historical burden on both a personal and national level.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Rock Review: The Damned Deliver Damned Good “Evil Spirits” by Matt Hanson

Even after decades, The Damned is still grandly flying its freak flag.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Theater Review: “The Plague” — A Necessary Moral Parable by Matt Hanson

In a culture that seems hell-bent on distracting us from painful realities, the intimacy of this production comes off as redemptive and inspiring.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Book Review and Interview: Steve Almond’s “Bad Stories” by Matt Hanson

We built this form of democracy and now we must stand up to what it’s become and say “I don’t consent to this.”

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Television Review: “Wild Wild Country” — Scruffily Corporatized Love-in by Matt Hanson

Wild Wild Country details the insane clusterfuck that results when faith, fundamentalism, and media hype intersect.

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Saturday, March 24, 2018

Book Review: Susan Sontag’s Collected Stories — From the Back Burner by Matt Hanson

Susan Sontag wrote short stories as a hobby; she saved more of her enormous intellectual energy for her novels and essays.

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Film Review: “The Shape of Water” — A Dissenting View by Matt Hanson

Del Toro creates a visually intriguing world, but the story’s premise is too farfetched to work.

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Monday, February 12, 2018

Book Review: Ezra Pound in “The Bughouse” by Matt Hanson

For all his literary fecundity, Ezra Loomis Pound was also more than a little bonkers.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

BWW First Person: BANDSTAND Heals at Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre by Matt Hanson

In his earliest memory, my grandfather is four years old. The year is 1919 and he stands on his tenement building in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, where he watches an army parade. Soldie…

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