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Music
A Kiss Always Tasted

The authentic joys of late-period Billie Holiday in a pose-loving world.

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All That Jazz
Goodman’s Greatest Gig at 80

The 1938 Carnegie Hall concert that changed the jazz world forever.

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Music
Stickin’ and Stayin’

The timeless, seriously legit brilliance of Little Richard’s debut album.

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Jazz
Monk at a Hundred

Thelonious Monk was a bebop pioneer who swiftly left that medium behind for a style of music entirely his own making.

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Rock-and-Roll
Elvis as Thespian

The King’s contribution to the film canon.

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Film Noir
The Past Was Yours

A look at Robert Mitchum’s greatest picture on his centennial.

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The Year of Ella
Stage Gone Long

A consideration of Ella Fitzgerald’s best performance in her centennial year.

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Of Licks and Riffs
The Guts of What Made Chuck Berry Great

Berry was great not because of what he led to but because of what he was.

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The Rosebud Blooms
More Able Than Kane

Yes, Citizen Kane is great, but that’s not the half of it. The more Orson Welles was forced to improvise and budget down, the better he got.

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Retroview
Greater Than Gatsby

We ought to be borne back ceaselessly into Fitzgerald’s genius—and not just to his reputed masterwork.

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