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Sean O'Neal

  1. close reads
    Stranger Things 3 Offers an Unexpected Requiem for the American Shopping MallIn an age when shopping centers have come to represent a dead end, the vibrantly alive Starcourt mines a particularly potent vein of nostalgia.
  2. oscars 2019
    Every (Pre-Lady Gaga) Oscar-Nominated Acting Performance by a Musician, RankedWhat does it take for a performance by a musician to earn acclaim at the Oscars? We ranked the 25 (pre-Lady Gaga) turns deemed nomination-worthy.
  3. this mortal coil
    How a Bunch of Romantic Goths Changed Music As We Know ItThis Mortal Coil’s influence is everywhere.
  4. funny games
    A Brief Comedy History of the Beastie Boys“Our main goal was really just to crack each other up.”
  5. movies
    In Defense of the Mediocre Music BiopicThey’re not very good movies that are nevertheless trying very hard to be — which makes them inherently entertaining.
  6. song rehab
    Eighth Grade and the Pop-Culture Redemption of Enya’s ‘Orinoco Flow’Maybe we could all stand to sail away for a while.