An Open Booklist To Kanye West

Dear Kanye, I hope this letter finds you…in a better place than you’ve been lately. We don’t know each other – or rather, you don’t know me, and I only know of you – so that might not mean much to you. All cards on the table: we probably wouldn’t be friends in real life. It’s…

How Paisley Park Can Be a Better Museum

If the curators had done nothing to Paisley Park it would still be an honor to be there. I know: I was there on day two. That they have modified the space – despite roundly and falsely claiming to have left some rooms on the tour “untouched” – but not amplified much about the experience…

Things I Am Reasonably Sure Prince Has Never Done

Things I Am Reasonably Sure Prince Has Never Done – Scott Woods Replaced toner in a copy machine Manned the grill Needed proof of ID Played for exposure Used a feather duster on a piece of furniture Worked part time in a five and dime Touched a black woman’s hair unsolicited Stayed on the phone…

10 Maps That Will Make You Question Your Faith in Humanity

It is impossible for me to average how much research I use when I’m composing an essay. A recent essay on the Mad Max franchise took about three hours and some moderately intense internet digging to compose, while a recent essay on blues music was a number of weeks and dozens of books before I…