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We’re living in a golden age of cultural criticism. Sure, ye olde online content farms yield a lot of drek, but they’ve also borne more and better writing, from Matt Zoller Seitz on Mad Men to Doreen St. Felix’s deconstruction of how patois is heard and misheard. Not all of this stellar #kultural #kontent has been collected in books—yet—but there’s a lot, new and old, to keep you busy in the meantime. Notes from No...
Native Brooklynite Doreen St. Felix is writing for MTV News, Lenny Letter, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Pitchfork, among others. Her essay, “The Prosperity Gospel of Rihanna,” is definitive; her Twitter is on fire. You are a Brooklyn native! What is it like living here now? How does Brooklyn inform your writing? My real home has become surreal. The simplest way to describe the sensation of coming back to Brooklyn after university in...
What is it to tell a story? To tell a non-fiction story? Normally, we segregate stories by medium: online, print, documentary, radio, podcast. But why? Why wouldn't we use as many of these mediums as possible, simultaneously, to tell stories that unfold with as much nuance and dimension as they did when they happened, when people lived them? Crazy idea—until you realize, of course, it's not crazy at all. If it could be pulled off with masterful production and...

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