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Matthew Miles Goodrich

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Matthew Miles Goodrich is a writer and organizer living in Brooklyn with his substantial collection of aging rock star posters. His favorite book, most days, is "The Wind In The Willows." He tweets @mmilesgoodrich.
“A dud article from Breitbart reaches more people than all the books we've talked about combined,” lamented LA Kauffman, gesturing to the dozens of pulp-and-spine texts recommended to the audience at the morning panel of Sunday's Brooklyn Book Festival. Kauffman unearthed the slinking undercurrent of the day: What do books matter in the age of fake news and impending fascism? It was hardly an auspicious opening to the festival's eleventh annual celebration of the vital...
If there's a difference between pop and indie pop—and to be sure, in 2017, that difference is quickly eliding if it ever existed—it's one of temperament. Pop songs are big, brawny, and brash, announcing their intent with the subtlety of a wrecking ball. Indie pop songs aren't as forthcoming. Neither are Molly Rankin and Alec O'Hanley, core members of the Canadian—and decidedly indie—pop outfit Alvvays. The pair are as warm and immediate as the music...
Before the written word, rhyme and rhythm documented the exploits of heroes. Song emerged as a mnemonic medium for Greek storytellers, spinning verse and into narrative choruses and epic poetry. The foibles of vision and memory meant that no two re-tellings ever conveyed the story exactly right. Rather, these sculptors of song expressed the contours of emotion with protean plots—winding tortuous paths to the same destination. This was the Homeric version of “you get the...
Cleo Tucker wanted to know if I was going to the show. “The new Lexie is incredible,” they assured me, “I mean, Greta in general is incredible.” “Greta” is Greta Kline, who performs spacey diaristic songs in minute-long chunks as the wistful Frankie Cosmos. “Lexie” is the new outfit she has put together with members of the punkish Atlanteans in Warehouse. “The show” is tonight's sold-out Northside Festival set at Williamsburg's Polish national home Warsaw...

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