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The Rock Critic Robert Christgau’s Big-Hearted Theory of Pop
Two recent collections make the surprising case that Christgau, who is known for his capsule reviews, has done his best work in his essays.
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The Voraciousness and Oddity of Dora Maar’s Pictures
Maar’s work did not begin or end with Surrealism. She was several sorts of artist in the decade or less that her photography had free rein.
In Elvia Wilk’s “Oval,” Earth, Capitalism, and the Human Species Sink Toward Doom
The book feints toward a kind of tragic vision that disguises itself as satire, but it has a warm center in its protagonist.
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Joe Beef and the Excesses of Restaurant Culture
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Losing Religion and Finding Ecstasy in Houston
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My Childhood in a Cult
Why Noise Pollution Is More Dangerous Than We Think
David Owen reports on noise pollution, an intangible phenomenon with serious costs to human health and wildlife.