Negro-Music

Troubadours 7: “The Emancipation Blues” by Randall Auxier

“The Emancipation Blues” by Randall Auxier This kid is stealing licks. Or if not, there were a few hundred others just like him filching and pilfering until they could lay down a respectable imitation. Something just happened to the right of the camera, but this kid is ignoring it. He is studying those licks. We…

Max Peintner, The Continuing Attraction of Nature (1971), pencil drawing

American Transmedia and Entertainment Catholicism

In October 2015, following the passage of an anti-communism law in Ukraine, a Vladimir Lenin statue turned into Star Wars’ Darth Vader overnight. De-communist measures have long been synonymous with America’s pop culture missionary work. This image was a reminder that the aggressive-style political realism practiced by the Putins of the world has been outstripped…