Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?

Richard Wei Semus muses on representations of the contemporary cowboy in Chloé Zhao’s film "The Rider" and Mitski's album "Be the Cowboy."

Lisa Brackmann, By the Album

Lisa Brackmann is the author of a trio of China-set noir novels, which I regularly recommend to anyone looking for …

Ian Rankin, By the Album

In the style of the New York Times "By the Book" series, Jeffrey Wasserstrom questions Ian Rankin about his varied musical tastes.

Livable Art: Classical Music in The Ensemble and The Incendiaries

Shannon Draucker examines the role classical music plays in two recent novels, Aja Gabel's "The Ensemble" and R. O. Kwon's "The Incendiaries."

The Walkout: Mitski and Alienation

Geoff Nelson discusses Bertolt Brecht's theory of alienation and the music videos of Mitski.

Name One Genius That Ain’t Crazy: Kanye West Has Nothing to Say

Max Suechting reviews Kanye West's "ye" and West's collaboration with Kid Cudi, "Kids See Ghosts."