MOST RECENT ARTICLES BY:

Mark Jacobson

  1. in conversation
    Paul Schrader on First Reformed, His Oscar Hopes, and the End of the World“Being an outlier has worked for me, and it’s one of the reasons I have a bookcase full of lifetime-achievement awards, and very few actual awards.”
  2. book excerpt
    The Conspiracist Manual That Influenced a Generation of RappersHow Behold a Pale Horse found its way to the Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep’s Prodigy, Busta Rhymes, Tupac Shakur, NAS, and more.
  3. The Story of the Time George Romero Walked Out on a Hollywood ExecWhen the exec answered his phone a third time, Romero turned to me and said, “Let’s go.”
  4. breakfast club
    How Charlamagne Became Tha God of Hip-Hop RadioWhat do Hillary Clinton, Martin Shkreli, and Kanye West have in common? They’ve all been interrogated by Charlamagne, hip-hop’s puckish Howard Stern.
  5. How Charlamagne Became Tha God of Hip-Hop RadioWhat do Hillary Clinton, Martin Shkreli, and Kanye West have in common? They’ve all been interrogated by Charlamagne, hip-hop’s puckish Howard Stern.
  6. the truth
    Chris Carter Is Still Searching for the TruthAmerican paranoia has only increased since the last time The X-Files was on the air. 
  7. books
    Fading Sounds and Pictures in Lead Kindly Light“Joyfully relaxed.”
  8. nostalgia trip
    Mobb Deep Brings It Back HomeAs they play the Queensbridge housing projects.
  9. What Does Godzilla Mean? The Evolution of a Monster MetaphorA recap of the Beast’s many manifestations since he first flattened Tokyo six decades ago.
  10. music
    The Encyclopedia of New York Pop MusicAn impressionistic, anecdotal, suggestive, but by definition incomplete survey of the past 100 years of New York pop.
  11. movies
    Inside the Crowded Cult of The Shining TheoristsA new documentary explores the meanings that obsessive fans of the film have extracted.
  12. encounter
    Sniping About Lou Reed With John Cale, Experimental Rock’s Eternal Almost-Star41 minutes with the vanguard composer and former Velvet before an orchestra-backed nostalgia-tour stop at BAM.
  13. Etta James and Johnny Otis: The End of a Great R&B SongOtis discovered James over 60 years ago, and the two singers died within 48 hours of each other.
  14. obits
    Footnotes to an Obit: The Wild Life of Howard Tate, the Greatest Lost Soul ManTate made one of the great sixties soul albums, then disappeared for 25 years — but that’s not all.
  15. cults
    Flying Saucer Cults and the American Sprawl: How Preston Miller Made God’s Land for $30,000A movie documenting the “God Saves the Earth Flying Saucer Foundation,” whose leader wears a ring said to contain a rocket ship capable of carrying 100,000 believers into space.
  16. chat room
    ‘96 Tears’ Singer Question Mark on Predicting 9/11 and Much, Much More“The goat was crossing the yard and all of a sudden the bell tower rang at nine, and I was tying my shoelaces, flashing these cards. All of a sudden there was a drunk guy throwing up in Minnesota. What does that have to do with rock and roll?”