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  1. Every record tells a story

    From indie rock to metal and blues, Every record tells a story is a blog about vinyl, live performances, and above all: a music lover’s commitment to discovering new artists to explore.

    Music
  2. How To Work For Your Favourite Rapper

    “The first few weeks will be blurry, abstract, and smoked out. Every experience eye opening; some burdening, most reddening. The hotel rooms are bigger than your future.” Negele Hospedales, aka Hospey, recounts what it’s like to work for Chance the Rapper.

    Music
  3. Medievalists.net

    From recent archaeological discoveries to articles on pop-culture references to the so-called “Middle Ages,” the writers behind Medievalists.net aim to bring history alive.

    Architecture
  4. Dear HBO: About that Alt-Reality “Confederate” Show

    From Michael W. Twitty: “Your show concept is cool until we begin to think of all the other alt-history moments that would be equally provocative but seem unimaginable because of our addictive, national obsession with structurally racist ideas.”

    Commentary
  5. Fifteen Artists Choose 10 Songs to Celebrate Canada 150

    At the Calgary Herald, a playlist that covers wide swaths of Canadian music, from the iconic (Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen) to the new and emerging.

    Art
  6. Circulating Now Celebrates 20 Years of Harry Potter!

    J. K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone on June 26, 1997. The blog of the National Library of Medicine’s historical collections celebrates 20 years of Harry Potter with a series of posts, a curated collection, and lectures.

    Books
  7. IndieWire

    IndieWire is an online publication covering film and TV, with a constant flow of news, reviews, and interviews for passionate fans and industry insiders.

    Culture
  8. Portraits of Film Stars by Fine Artist Paul Ayres

    Browse the illustrated portraiture of fine artist Paul Ayres.

    Art
    Benedict Cumberbatch, illustrated by Paul Ayres.
  9. Erin J. Bernard, Essayist

    From reflections on pop culture to thoughtful takes on politics in Portland and beyond, Erin J. Bernard’s site offers her perspective on a wide range of topics.

    Commentary
  10. All the Famous People, Where Do They All Come From?

    The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band just turned fifty — so super-fan Chris Shaw decided to trace the source photo of each person featured on the album’s iconic cover.

    Culture
  11. Film Quarterly

    A magazine for serious film lovers: in-depth articles, reviews, and interviews examining all aspects of film history, film theory, and the impact of film, video, and television on culture and society.

    Culture
  12. Advice from Bestselling Author Jennifer Keishin Armstrong

    Writing tips from author and pop culture writer Jennifer Keishin Armstrong.

    Authors
  13. On Art and Aesthetics

    From art and book reviews to thoughtful essays on pop culture, On Art and Aesthetics is a space for the exploration of “creativity and beauty across different media” by blogger and art lover Tulika.

    Art
  14. It’s Not What You Think

    “It’s possible that, along with grunge, Generation X’s other great gift to society is depression.” In his tribute to Chris Cornell, Rich Larsen reflects on despair, aging, and his generation’s struggles with mental health.

    Commentary
    Image by Andreas Eldh (CC BY 2.0)
  15. Village Voice

    Village Voice is the go-to guide for news, music, movies, culture, restaurants, and events in New York.

    Culture