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Nerd alert: The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh on hardcore music

02/20/12 11:57AM

For most of my life, I've been a fan of hardcore music -- that louder, faster, less artful (and perhaps less-appreciated) child of punk rock. It was my real first love.It's something I discovered in Virginia Beach, Va. in the mid-1980s when a friend from across the street dubbed me a tape of Minor Threat's first two records. read more

Must-Read Op-Eds for Monday, February 20, 2012

02/20/12 08:10AM

WHY IT MATTERS THAT OUR POLITICIANS ARE RICHBY BRITT PETERSONBOSTON GLOBEPoliticians would like us to believe that all this money doesn't matter in a deeper sense-that what matters is ideas, skills, and leadership ability. Aside from a little extra business savvy, they're regular people just like the rest of us: They just happen to have more money. But is that true? In fact, a number of new studies suggest that, in certain key ways, people with that much money are not like the rest of us at all. read more