Critics Poll XXVI — My Ballot

KRS-ONE once said that he didn’t understand how a person who didn’t know hip-hop could call himself an American. This is the sort of inflammatory (not to mention self-serving) rhetoric we all expect from the Teacher, but I expect you know what he means, and you might even agree. Hip-hop is American culture. If we didn’t have hip-hop, […]

Critics Poll XXVI — My ballot, part II

Single of the Year 1. Ezra Furman — “Lousy Connection” 2. Chvrches — “Clearest Blue” 3. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment — “Sunday Candy” 4. Tame Impala — “Cause I’m A Man” 5. The Decemberists — “Make You Better” 6. Drake — “Hotline Bling” 7. Kendrick Lamar — “King Kunta” 8. Natalia Lafourcade — […]


Although his killing made the news and was officially acknowledged by the President, I’d wager most Americans don’t know who Ahmad al-Awlaki was. Members of our government sure did, though: before al-Awlaki’s death by drone strike and maybe even after, he was counted among the most dangerous people in the world. The San Bernardino mass […]