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A lot changed in 2016. Trump was elected; Vinson Cunningham became a staff writer at the New Yorker. But will his approach to writing change? “I hope it doesn’t,” he says. “I just want to get better at writing—at thinking hard and being honest. That's the only response to the times that makes sense to me.” (Snaps-n-claps!) Vinson writes about lots of stuff, but it loosely narrows down to Obama (Vinson worked in his...
Yesterday morning, after waking my roommate up, the first thing I did was blast music. I walked out of my room, plugged my phone into a set of big loud speakers, and started blasting the festive music: “Rockin’ In The Free World” by Neil Young, “Born In The U.S.A.” by Bruce Springsteen, and some high energy hip-hop music from the likes of Rae Sremmurd and Young Thug. For nearly two years, everything was building...
Chance the Rapper has been on a massive avalanche of success ever since releasing his second mixtape, Acid Rap, in 2013, before putting out Surf with friend/collaborator Donnie Trumpet a year ago, showing up as a featured artist on various songs—including a transcendent verse on Kanye West's "Ultralight Beam"—and eventually leading to one of the best records of 2016, Coloring Book, which came out in May. Meanwhile, Mr. The Rapper has been making the rounds—and...
During his two hour-long stand-up routine at BAM last Friday, comedian Marc Maron made it close to impossible for any journalists in the audience to sit down at their computers later and write about his performance. Oh, not because Maron's act was a flawless, irreproachably funny series of jokes that left us all howling and thinking, "What is there to say about this guy? He's on top of the world." Rather, the reason it's so hard...