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Supercontext: Hounds of Love

This 1985 concept album by Kate Bush is split into pop songs and a suite of music about someone drowning. We look at Bush’s career arc leading up to this record and how the support she received from those around her allowed to experiment and create this wholly unique music.

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Supercontext: Foolish by Superchunk

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This 1994 indie rock album means a lot to its fans as proof positive that you can survive a romantic breakup. We look at the small business that drove its creation and try to put ourselves in the shoes of the listeners who cherish it.

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Supercontext: Dirty Computer by Janelle Monáe


This 2018 concept album is about reckoning, celebrating, and reclaiming what it means to be American. We discuss how Monáe uses her platform to advocate for queer and black women while working with big record labels to also produce commercial success.

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Supercontext: A Visit From the Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan

Cartoon of tuning pegs and neck of a bass guitar; title

This 201 award-winning work of literary fiction has been celebrated by everyone from academics to Rolling Stone. But we look at it in light of its cultural expectations, from a “high brow” publisher, to its timidity about engaging with ethnically diverse characters.

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  • A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan ? review
  • “Goon Squad”: Jennifer Egan’s time-travel tour de force
    • CS Note: Salon’s site is so full of ads and video overlays that I could barely read the article as it slowed my computer to a halt.
  • HBO Sets Pulitzer Prize Winner ‘A Visit From The Goon Squad’ For Series Treatment
  • Strong, M. J. (2018). Found time: Kairos in A Visit from the Goon Squad. Critique, 59(4), 471-480.
  • Cowart, D. (2015). Thirteen Ways of Looking: Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. Critique, 56(3), 241-254.
  • MOLING, M. (2016). “No Future”: Time, Punk Rock and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit from the Goon Squad. Arizona Quarterly, 72(1), 51.
  • “Water, Water Everywhere,” By: WHELDON, WYNN. Commentary. Nov2017, Vol. 144 Issue 4, p60-62. 3p.
  • “Big Novelist: Jennifer Egan,” By: Heller, Nathan. Rolling Stone. 5/31/2012, Issue 1158, p66-67. 2p.
  • Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses A Visit From The Goon Squad, by Jennifer Egan, By: Godfrey, Laura; Egan, Jennifer; Herbert, Marilyn; Bookclub-in-a-Box (Firm). [England] : Bookclub-In-A-Box. 2012. eBook., Database: eBook Collection (EBSCOhost)

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David Byrne, David Byrne


David Byrne’s self-titled album is a personal moment in his creative history, but do his lyrics have meaning? Or do they simply dredge up emotions for the listener? Also, how does an album that’s this diverse have such a white, middle class identity associated with it? 

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Supercontext: What Happened to Paste Magazine?


Paste Magazine was a victim of its time, facing a bad economy and competing pressures between physical and digital media. But what changes were its founders willing to make to keep it alive as a website? And in the process, did they betray their loyal audience?

 

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