If the 70s provide the strongest recent evidence for the flames-and-tulips theory, the great counter-example is the 90s: a decade of relative peace and prosperity in the west. At one end, it gave us acid house, alternative rock and a revolution in independent cinema; at the other, a milestone year for movies and the dawn of the golden age of TV. It may not have been a great vintage for social realism or protest songs but the 90s didn’t want for creativity. … [Read more...] about Solved: do uncertain political times always result in great art?
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But here’s a curious fact. As the number of serial killings has supposedly fallen, so too has the rate of murder cases solved—or “cleared,” in detective lingo. In 1965, the U.S. homicide clearance rate was 91 percent. By 2017, it had dropped to 61.6 percent, one of the lowest rates in the Western world. In other words, about 40 percent of the time, murderers get away with murder. … [Read more...] about Modern Life Has Made It Easier for Serial Killers to Thrive
However, if Salazar's regime used Amalia and the fado as a symbol of national identity in the 1950s and 60s, they did so with great reluctance. Salazar hated the fado. He referred to Amalia as "the little creature", and struggled with fado's central trope of saudade, the sense of nostalgia, yearning or longing that dominates its lyrics, regarding it as essentially anti-modern. In 1952, he told his biographer Christine Garnier that fado "has a softening influence on the Portuguese character", one that "sapped all energy from the soul and led to inertia". But even he could not quell fado's popularity. … [Read more...] about Tainted love
Flowered Up – Weekender (12.56) At the turn of the 90s, Flowered Up’s irresistible combination of barrow boy swagger and rave euphoria found them heralded as London’s answer to Happy Mondays. But even Shaun Ryder never got around to penning a hedonist’s manifesto as brutally honest as Weekender. A defiant 13-minute epic that came with its own accompanying film and got Flowered Up dropped by their label before becoming a Top 20 hit anyway, Weekender is about choosing life in the Trainspotting sense. Surging guitars and faintly doleful trumpet fanfares mark the songs numerous peaks and troughs, the party and the comedown, the joy and the despair, the knowledge of being trapped in a damaging cycle but hanging on anyway because it’s all you’ve got. Sadly it would be the band’s last significant recording before they succumbed to the ravages of the lifestyle described therein. Remember them this way. … [Read more...] about These are the songs that never end: 10 of music’s most rewarding long cuts
The revelation that Hobby Lobby bought thousands of ancient artifacts smuggled out of Iraq provoked astonishment and anger. The craft-supply chain has agreed to pay a $3 million settlement and forfeit the cuneiform tablets and clay bullae to the U.S. government. But the story doesn’t end there. “The government will post a notice online giving the artifacts’ owners 60 days to submit claims,” The New York Times reported. “After that, the Iraqi government can submit its own claim. The Justice Department will ultimately decide where the items go.” … [Read more...] about Who Gets to Own Iraq’s Religious Heritage?