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Just over an hour into a set that lasted nearly three, Paul McCartney acknowledged the city in which he was performing. “How many people here are actually from Brooklyn?” he asked, as many in the sold-out Barclays Center crowd greeted him with loud applause. He continued to gauge the crowd’s geographical roots, asking next who wasn’t from Brooklyn, but New York City, then asking who came from out of town. This crowd-hyping exercise, which...
Ghost in the Shell (1995) Directed by Mamoru Oshii Released on the same day in Japan, the United States and elsewhere, this animated film searches deep for what is common to us all: what it means to be human, to have a conscience, feelings… a soul, if you wish. These questions and philosophical musings are filtered through the non-race-specific female cyborg protagonist, who’s the muscle of a public security agency in charge of catching the hackers...
Lately I’ve been feeling broken. It’s lasted long enough that I don’t think it’s unique to me anymore. You try to do good and you fuck it up. People who you've never met hate you. People who love you stop, turn on you--it happens every day. Broken in the way that doesn’t get fixed. At 74, Sir Paul McCartney knows a thing or two about brokenness. Maybe when people are as successful as he...
At the tail end of 2014 I finally got to hear "My Name Is Jonas" live. I screamed along to the lyrics, fueled by teenage fandom and the abandon that comes from chugging three $16 cervezas while on vacation in Mexico with a one-month-into-the-breakup ex-boyfriend. It should've been horrible, and it kind of was--I spent a solid portion of that same day sobbing into a chainlink fence, comforted by the very person who'd induced...

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