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Blowhard, Esq. writes: Brian Eno picks 20 essential books for sustaining civilization, including James Scott’s Seeing Like a State and Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language. Was Nietzsche right about religion? John Gray reviews books by Peter Watson and Terry Eagleton. (H/T … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys’ Sixth Studio Album: All Summer Long

Sax von Stroheim writes: From journalists to mythologizers to metaphysicians. Not their first great album, but the first album that could arguably be considered their greatest.

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The Beach Boys’ Fifth Studio Album: Shut Down Volume 2

Sax von Stroheim writes: The Beach Boys’ second Hot Rod Album.

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The Beach Boys’ Fourth Studio Album: Little Deuce Coupe

Sax von Stroheim writes: The first of the Hot Rod Albums. Their third album of 1963, released just a month after Surfer Girl.

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The Beach Boys’ Third Studio Album: Surfer Girl

Sax von Stroheim writes: The last album in their Early Surfin’ Trilogy. We have moved from the Specific to the Mythic. Of the title song, Mike Love tells us “the words were found on a tablet in a field in … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys’ Second Studio Album: Surfin’ U.S.A.

Sax von Stroheim writes: The colonization of the imagination of the American Teenager: if everybody had an ocean, then everyone would be living the California dream. Question: Does it matter that they were just capitalizing on a fad? That they … Continue reading

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The Beach Boys’ First Album: Surfin’ Safari

Sax von Stroheim writes: This is the New Journalism: they are reporters; they are actors. They catalog the rituals of Early 1960’s Southern California Teenage Life; they tell us where it’s at: “At Rincon they’re walking the nose.” And because it … Continue reading

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