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Aretha Franklin’s Astonishing “Dr. Feelgood” |

In March of 1971, Aretha Franklin was twenty-eight years old and the undisputed Queen of Soul. She’d had so many gold records over the previous four years that a new category of Grammy had...

Aretha Franklin Is As Immortal As Can Be |

Listening to Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday, was like listening to the embodiment of a divine signal. She received it and she broadcast it.Photograph by Michael Ochs / GettyThe eternal challenge is to answer...

Aretha Franklin: A Legacy in Music |

Aretha Franklin’s voice was a pure, painful, and unforgettable expression of American history and American feeling, the collective experience of black Americans and her own life. The Queen of Soul, who died Thursday morning,...

Omarosa Manigault Newman, the Tragic Narrator of Our Times |

“Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House,” the new dish from Omarosa Manigault Newman, is, in spirit and substance, a formality. Functionally, the book is meant to whisk its maker to her...

A Miraculous Field Recording: The Guitar Playing of Joseph Spence |

Sixty years ago, the American folklorists Samuel Charters and Ann Danberg visited the Fresh Creek settlement on the eastern end of the Bahamian island of Andros, just north of the Tropic of Cancer. Andros...

“Disenchantment,” Reviewed: Matt Groening Makes the Most of Medieval Slapstick Pestilence |

“Futurama,” created by Matt Groening, was a speculative fiction, set amid thirty-first-century technology, with a generous range of good gags and interstellar shenanigans. Each week’s adventure deployed the emblems of “Buck Rogers”–derived space operas...

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