Genres

Speak, Silence, In Search of WG Sebald: seek his books instead

WG Sebald would surely have hated being likened to Nick Hornby and Helen Fielding, but hear me out. Hornby and Fielding are talented writers who, through a combination of timing, judgment and luck, popularised new genres: ladlit and chicklit respectively. With Sebald, whom Carole Angier in the first major biography …

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Sonnet & Jubël Highlight K-Pop Collaborations Expanding Into New Genre & Territories

Sonnet The Givers While Jubël have topped the charts in their native Sweden and across Europe, the dance-pop duo are expanding even further by enlisting one of Korea’s most promising vocalists Sonnet in a truly globally focused collaboration. Transforming their new single “Dumb” into an English-Korean duet is just the …

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Explaining George Jones, a ‘Haunted House of a Human Being’

When I was growing up in the ’90s, whenever I heard people claim to like all kinds of music, they tended to qualify it with “except for country and rap.” Other than sounding dumb and more than a little prejudicial, this was a superficial gloss of two genres that have …

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From Mary Shelley to Carmen Maria Machado, women have profoundly shaped horror | Horror books

You probably know the story of Lord Byron’s house party at Villa Diodati – the one in which he challenged his guests to see who could write the scariest ghost story. Teenage Mary Shelley won his challenge on infamy, if not technicality, when she wrote Frankenstein. Thus the horror genre …

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‘Escape From L.A.’ Shows Why John Carpenter Shouldn’t Do Sequels

In the summer of 1996, fans of genre-movie director John Carpenter were thrilled to learn he was readying a sequel to his classic 1981 film Escape From New York. They were hoping for a gem by a filmmaker whose career had become increasingly uneven. What they got instead, on Aug. 9, 1986, was Escape From L.A., …

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Not just Paris: How did the “celebrity who can’t cook” become food TV’s fastest growing genre?

Paris Hilton can’t really cook. This was evident during her pandemic-born YouTube series “Cooking with Paris,” during which she made her “infamous” Sliving Lasagna. “Sliving,” it should be noted, is Hilton’s new catchphrase; it’s a portmanteau of “slaying” and “living.” (Though Hilton appears fixated on getting “sliving” to be a thing, it …

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The blue-collar, genre-melding rootsiness of Grand Rapids’ Paradise Outlaw

On the heels of releasing two new singles, the band was this week’s guest for Local Spins on WYCE, which also featured new tracks by Phabies, Mannhattan, Superfluiid,Michigan Rattlers and more. Inspired by Seger and So Many Others: Paradise Outlaw on stage in Lowell. (Courtesy Photo)   Kevin Langeland fondly …

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Teach Writing With The New York Times: Our 2021-22 Curriculum

At the end of the unit, we invite teenagers to submit their own writing to our Third Annual STEM Writing Contest to show us what they’ve learned. (Dates: Feb. 2-March 9, 2022) March-April The demand for evidence-based argumentative writing is now woven into school assignments across the curriculum and grade …

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David Gordon Green Is Rebooting ‘The Exorcist.’ But Has He Really Lost His Soul to Hollywood? – Texas Monthly

When David Gordon Green directed 2008’s Pineapple Express, critics like Roger Ebert were perplexed—even a tad alarmed. Ebert was an early, ardent champion of the Richardson-raised filmmaker. He’d praised the quiet lyricism of Green’s first four movies, all of them emotionally intimate indie dramas, and hailed him as one of …

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