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Contributing opinion writer

Trevor J. Levin

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The Three Bicyclists
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Make Cambridge Harder to Drive In

In the century following the Model T, Cambridge redesigned itself to be as car-friendly as possible. With a few miles of bike lanes and a handful of Birds, the city has only begun to reverse the catastrophe.

Music

From Lollapalooza 2018: Bruno Mars Performs from the Top of the Pop World

Mars put a wide range of talents on display—not only singing and dancing but also soloing on a (gold, naturally) Stratocaster on “Calling All My Lovelies.”

Records
Arts

‘Dark Side of the Moon’: An Existentialist Masterpiece

When I first listened to “The Dark Side of a Moon,” which turned 45 years old in March, as an angsty, leftist teen, I was blown away.

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From Lollapalooza 2018: Børns Leads Lolla into the Night

Perhaps unsurprisingly for an artist who toured with Lana del Rey, Børns is a creature of the moon. For every degree the sun sank on Lollapalooza during his hour-long 7:30 p.m. set, he seemed to gain in power.

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From Lollapalooza 2018: Trevor’s Day 1 Roundup

In the day’s low point, Lolla displayed a Fortnite tournament—yes, you heard right—at full volume on the main stage during Camila Cabello’s set on the directly-opposite Lake Shore stage. The former Fifth Harmony star best known for “Havana” carried on with a tight, energetic set complete with impressive dance routines, but what were they thinking?

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From Lollapalooza 2018: Arctic Monkeys’ Retro-Hypermodernism on Full Display

Arctic Monkeys’ future experiments, whether with Dr. Dre-inspired beats or space-themed concept albums or something else entirely, will likely evince a continuing battle between the old and new.

Columns

The Ethics of ‘Selling Out’

By reducing the dizzying variety of post-graduation pursuits to “selling out” versus “not selling out," we obscure the real ethical distinctions.

Columns

Leftward Ho, Libertarians!

As a Democrat-voting libertarian — a label I accept hesitatingly, given its baggage — I’ve watched DSA’s ascendance ambivalently.

Columns

What Is the Value of a Harvard Degree?

Rather than elevating our tastes and abilities, Harvard has merely reshuffled the deck of future employees—with its graduates closer to the top.

Columns

Should We Send Trump to the Hague?

Trump could only feel comfortable instituting the family separation policy because of the history of American political leaders avoiding accountability for the consequences of their policies.

Modern Vampires of the City album cover
Music

Looking Back on ‘Modern Vampires of the City,' a Good-Faith Album for the Faithless

Five years ago on May 14, Vampire Weekend released “Modern Vampires of the City.” It was their third album—and they finally didn’t sound like they were doing a bit.

Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae
Music

‘Dirty Computer’ a Futurist Pop Masterpiece

As Monáe weaves together anthemic alt-R&B, acerbic hip hop, and dreamy pop-prog (she even starts the album with a Brian Wilson feature), the common thread is her visionary futurism.

Aja album cover
Columns

Inauthenticity and the Art of Subversion: The Aja Experience

“Aja,” proves that sometimes, rejecting authenticity is the coolest thing to do.

Fleetwood Mac, "Rumours," Warner Bros, 1977.
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'Rumours': The Greatest Breakup(s) Album

The band channeled their personal pain into making some of the best, and most devastating music of their career. “Rumours” rightfully came to be considered an iconic breakup(s) album.

Marquee Moon
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‘Marquee Moon’'s Glimmer of Inimitable Subversion

Rebelling against punk’s own revolution of wild simplicity, Television harnesses that simplicity to make long, technical, and controlled music.

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