Kiss Me Again (1978)

Dinosaur, “Kiss Me Again,” 12-inch, side A, 1978. Composed by Arthur Russell. Remix by Jimmy Simpson. The personnel for this record blows my mind: Arthur Russell (cello, organ) David Byrne (guitar) Sammy Figueroa (percussion) Frank Owens (piano) Henry...

Street Hassle

Music by Lou Reed, images from a number of Warhol’s films. Ellen Willis writes in 1979, a year after “Street Hassle” was released: Though Lou Reed rejected optimism, he was enough of his time to crave transcendence. And finally — as “Rock...

Stay Puft to the Rescue

Given our ongoing interest in that classic New York film Ghostbusters (see here and here and here), it seems only right to present you with this picture, created by Lower East Side polymath Shawn Chittle, whose website brings together a variety of interests: the Lower...

Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Last week my J-Term class went to the Whitney Museum to see the exhibition Modern Life: Edward Hopper and His Time, which is on display through April 10. In our course, Hopper represents one strain of what William B. Scott and Peter M. Rutkoff call “New York...