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"Pandemic," the first single from Texas producer Eric Burton's debut album, breaks down into a hail of bullets. Burton's first couple of EPs under the name Rabit had been tonally unnerving and rhythmically aggressive. But this is something else. The cathartic fun of a big beat drop sours into a super stressful, under-siege feeling. There's a deep emotional unease that builds with every explosive beat, especially in a country racked by constant, seemingly intractable gun...
Undermajordomo Minor Patrick deWitt (House of Anansi Press) The most visible innovation of postmodern fiction was the movement’s steroidal creation of new narrative modes, most obviously manifested as formal, on-the-page techniques, including but not limited to: temporal dislocations, unreliable narrators, metafictive playfulness, ironical remove, and an abundance of typographies and footnotes. The further we get from the real-world and literary context in which the practitioners of high postmodernism operated, the more those formal techniques look...
An NYPD officer shot a hammer-wielding man near Penn Station this morning, reportedly after he tried to attack an officer with the claw-end of his weapon, according to the New York Post. The suspect, 30-year-old David Baril, was shot three or four times near the intersection of 37th Street and Eighth Avenue, shortly before 10 a.m. Law enforcement officials suspect the man is the same person who's wanted in a spree of hammer-attacks on Manhattan pedestrians around Union Square, earlier...
Violence at Rikers Island has long been a problem, but lately it has received increased attention. In August, the office of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York released a blistering report that cited a "deep-seated culture of violence" directed primarily at teenage inmates at the prison. Now it appears that federal prosecutors plan to sue the city of New York over widespread civil rights violations connected to the treatment of adolescent prisoners at Rikers. The...

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