Story | Sep 9, 2014 | 7:23 AM
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Story | Oct 21, 2014 | 10:40 AMNick Cave, like Narcissus or Miley Cyrus, is a myth. But he’s a myth who thinks about myths, writes about them, knows how they work, and builds this knowledge into each new layer of the myth he’s becoming. In this he’s like a number of poet-musicians of a waning era: Bob Dylan and Neil Young, yeah, but also the beat poets, the blues singers, all the prophet-emulators, the storytellers who slide themselves into their tales. Many consider him gothic and gloomy. It would be more precise to say that he makes somberness comfortable and seductive because he licenses his listeners to affirm the widely unsayable—that depression is a mode of seeing the world for the boring and empty grind that it often really is. The self-aware myth knows that desire and disappointment are dialectically linked, that catharsis is the rare and gorgeous field of light between them. Knowing these rules lets him seduce this light into common being.
Story | Jun 4, 2014
There's a slightly better chance than usual that you will have a whirlwind affair with a Bollywood movie star who's on vacation.
Story | May 14, 2014
ARIES (March 21-April 19) When the path ahead divides in two, I am hoping you can work some magic that will allow you to take both ways at once. If you do master this riddle-if you can creatively figure out how to split yourself without doing any harm-I...
Story | Jun 4, 2014 | 8:14 PM
Backpacker rap has experienced something of an identity crisis in the last few years. Artists in its orbit could almost always count on critical success and a healthy cult audience. But when quasi-backpacker Kanye West rocketed to multiplatinum...