Steven Hyden’s Look At Billy Corgan

I don't agree with all of Hyden's conclusions in this piece (and I'm certainly no Rush expert), but isn't this a fantastic piece of writing?: Resentment was very good to Corgan when he invented the original incarnation of Smashing Pumpkins and made it the biggest band of alt-rock's last, lurching stand in the mid-'90s. It … Continue reading Steven Hyden’s Look At Billy Corgan

Chuck Klosterman Is Wrong About Football (and Temporal Relativity)

At Grantland, a great and not great venture I love and don't love, Chuck Klosterman says, repeatedly, that football's popularity has nothing to do with its violence. He also says: Now, I realize an argument can be made that eroticized violence is inherent to any collision spectator sport, and that people who love football are … Continue reading Chuck Klosterman Is Wrong About Football (and Temporal Relativity)

Chuck Klosterman on Noel Gallagher; Me and “Be Here Now”

I somehow missed this Klosterman/Gallagher Grantland interview from last fall but Noel's in great form as usual.  Timely for our purposes in the context of my recent suggestion, prompted by a Klosterman quote, that Axl Rose and Noel Gallagher cut some tracks together. A.V. Club's Steven Hyden explores the place of Be Here Now in … Continue reading Chuck Klosterman on Noel Gallagher; Me and “Be Here Now”

Is This the Way the NFL Ends? T. S. Eliot, Jim McMahon, And The End of Football In America

We are the hollow men We are the stuffed men Leaning together Headpiece filled with straw. Alas! Our dried voices, when We whisper together Are quiet and meaningless As wind in dry grass Or rats’ feet over broken glass In our dry cellar Shape without form, shade without colour, Paralysed force, gesture without motion; Those … Continue reading Is This the Way the NFL Ends? T. S. Eliot, Jim McMahon, And The End of Football In America