The Gordon Geckos of Grunge

This year marks the 20th anniversary of “grunge,” or as David Markey aptly named his documentary about Sonic Youth’s European tour, 1991: The Year Punk Broke. The film, which came out the following year, captured the post-punk subculture on the …

My Best and Worst of 2010

I usually deplore list stories, but then again, the Internet is ripe for them. Pitchfork, for instance, does a wonderful job contextualizing lists of reviews, interviews and articles about music. The following list doesn’t follow any semblance of order, but …

Five Questions with the Trio Behind Open Letter Books

Just over two years old, Open Letter Books, based at the University of Rochester in upstate New York, have made it their mission to introduce American readers to international authors through foreign translations. OLB, a non-profit organization, publish 12 books …

The Vibrating Type Cover for Listen to This

In 2007, Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, released The Rest Is Noise: Listen to the 20th Century (FSG), his obsessive study of classical music, to international acclaim. The writing is studious and nuanced but unpretentious and inviting; …

Five Questions with William Bird, Smithsonian Curator

In the summer of 2008, as the historic presidential election was building steam, I traveled with photographer (and regular Print contributor) Ian Allen to Washington, D.C., to do interviews and photo shoots for STOP SMILING magazine’s second-to-last issue, themed around …

Five Questions with Steven Heller About Alvin Lustig

Six months ago, I wrote to Steven Heller about an idea I had for a book on the subject of designer Alvin Lustig. I asked if he would write the introductory essay, outlining Lustig’s role in modern design history. Readers …

Five Questions with Paul Buckley, Penguin Art Director

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of Penguin Books, art director Paul Buckley chose 75 book covers to investigate the design process behind each one. What worked and what didn’t? What did the designer or illustrator think? What did the author …