“Born in the U.S.A.” is a song of audible rage, but this rage is entirely inseparable from its production, from its angular and glossy trappings.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom interviews LARB Editor-in-Chief Tom Lutz about travel and its influence on his music.
Seth Kaufman on rock's secret weapon — audacity — and what Philip Roth can teach us about it.
Jeffrey Wasserstrom interviews journalist Jiayang Fan about her musical influences for his "By the Album" series.
Richard Wei Semus muses on representations of the contemporary cowboy in Chloé Zhao’s film "The Rider" and Mitski's album "Be the Cowboy."
Jeffrey Wasserstom interviews Lisa Brackmann about her musical influences.
In the style of the New York Times "By the Book" series, Jeffrey Wasserstrom questions Ian Rankin about his varied musical tastes.