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October 31, 2012
by Dan
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Midweek Miscellany

A fantastic new cover for the Vintage (UK) edition of Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon, designed by Matt Broughton (via the Vintage Books design Tumblr CMYK) CTRL+C; CTRL+P — Music critic Simon Reynolds, author of Retromania, on remix culture and … Continue reading

September 15, 2011
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Simon Reynolds on Bookworm

Music journalist Simon Reyolds talks to Michael Silverblatt about his book Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past on KCRW’s Bookworm:

August 5, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, reviews Retromania by Simon Reynolds for The New Republic: Who wants yesterday’s papers?” sang Mick Jagger in 1967. “Who wants yesterday’s girl?” The answer, in the Swinging 60s, was obvious: “Nobody in the world.” … Continue reading

July 29, 2011
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Something for the Weekend

A Period of Digestion — Music journalist and author Simon Reyolds talks about his new book Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction To Its Own Past with the A.V. Club: [S]o much happened in the 20th century and things moved so fast, and … Continue reading

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