Documentary

Cathryn J Ramin's heavily researched look at the back pain industry, "Crooked: Outwitting the Back Pain Industry and Getting On the Road to Recovery", is painfully satisfying to read - especially for people who have struggled with back pain and the surgeons, pushers, and needle jockeys that profit from it. Ramin's book is framed by her personal journey to...

It's hard to believe that it is coming up on 30 years since I climbed into a Toyota Corolla with my friend Sebastian and drove across the country to take pictures in malls. It was the summer of 1989 and I had just finished my sophomore year of college. The previous semester I'd taken my first college photo class;...

[caption id="attachment_18948" align="aligncenter" width="720"] Yo La Tengo at CBGB 1990[/caption] It's hard for me to fathom that it's been almost 30 years since my friend Gene took me to Hoboken to see Yo La Tengo at Maxwells. Last night my wife Suki and I went to the Carolina Theater in Durham to see them on their current acoustic tour. As we...

Last night my family and I heard an NPR marketplace piece about “The Fat Jewish”, a “comedian” who has become famous on instagram by stealing other people’s work and presenting it, without attribution or context, as if it were his own. I have been hearing about him and his re-posts of other comedians' work in the last few days...