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Six reasons why “Billions” is the most enjoyable show on TV | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Six reasons why “Billions” is the most enjoyable show on TV

'Billions' began with a very simple premise: Bobby “Axe” Axelrod (Damien Lewis) is a billionaire financial whiz who runs a hedge fund called Axe Capital and Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) is the U.S. attorney out to put him away. But there’s much much more to it than that. 'Billions' may not be the best show on TV, but it’s certainly the most entertaining....
Musical hospitality - the specialty of a small venue

Musical hospitality – the specialty of a small venue

A small venue doesn’t allow for a large audience; that’s self-evident. They also make it hard for an artist to hide behind distance. The 9th Ward, which recently hosted Mary Lambert and Mal Blum - and other small venues - hold a special place of importance. They provide a unique space, one often with a story, and only allow a select few to wander in at one time....
The blurred line separating life and art | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The blurred line separating life and art

The second we get a chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, we leap into a world of creative imagination where life and art intertwine, and as we relentlessly explore endless content in the media library, we're bound to find something that we'll invest our time in (mostly years), that hits all the right buttons of our psyche. There are many reasons as to why we get more emotionally involved in fiction than the lives we lead....
Was Green Day the best pop-rock band of the 2000s? | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Was Green Day the best pop-rock band of the 2000s?

Green Day may have been the best rock band of the 2000s. At least, they were for those of us blessed to be teens at the time. Those of us once willing to spend 4 hours straight mastering moves in Tony Hawk's American Sk8land instead of actually skating. Those of us savvy enough to acquire bootleg copies of 'Parental Advisory' level Green Day albums because "hey, we're old enough and it's on the radio!"...
Don't expect many answers from the Sopranos movie | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Don’t expect many answers from the Sopranos movie

Sure, there are reasons to be skeptical about the Sopranos revival. The flashback episodes of The Sopranos were never among the show’s better episodes, and the time period change alone indicates that however great it is, the movie won’t be the Sopranos that we remember. Even so, David Chase has been missed, and I can’t wait to see what he does with this project. Just don’t expect it to give you the Sopranos answers you never got from the show the first go-around....
The return of blaming Hollywood for real world violence | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The return of blaming Hollywood for real world violence

This year’s usual Oscars reaction followed another, more old-school right-wing freakout over entertainment. When the Parkland high school massacre led to more of an anti-gun cultural groundswell than such tragedies typically have, those on the other side of the issue turned to a typical alternate scapegoat: Hollywood, and video games....
After Black Panther, is It right to steer promising young directors to huge franchise films? | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

After Black Panther, is it right to steer promising young directors to huge franchise films?

It’s very clear, from the artistic and financial success of Black Panther, that Ryan Coogler was the right director for Black Panther, and that Black Panther was the right film for him to make at this stage of his career. However, that’s not always the case when it comes to talented young directors who are brought into high-profile franchise filmmaking....
Where have all the rock critics gone? | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

Where have all the rock critics gone?

Most of the big names like Greil Marcus, Robert Christgau, and Simon Frith are still around; somewhere in columns in established cultural magazines, books, and even academia. But it seems that their style of integrated cultural, musical and sociological analysis that at the same time deconstructs and reconstructs certain musical work is less and less visible. What has happened?...
We must cultivate our garden; how to support the artists you love | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

We must cultivate our garden; how to support the artists you love

Artists have always faced an uphill battle, but new obstacles are being thrown in their way. Emerging technologies have been both a gift and a curse. Over the past decade, artists have grappled with historic levels of economic uncertainty and discord and federal funding for the arts is under attack. In the end, if we’re going to ensure that the arts we love thrive, we’re going to have to do it ourselves....
The resurgence of vinyl and what it means for music | Opinions | LIVING LIFE FEARLESS

The resurgence of vinyl and what it means for music

With Apple Music, Pandora, and Spotify, I don’t think people will stop customizing their music experience. People will use their creativity to make their own albums that tell a story, and that’s great. However, with the resurgence of vinyl, I hope people take time to really listen, to the ups and downs, to the story that’s told....

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