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Music Copyright in the Age of Forgetting

In the post–"Blurred Lines" legal landscape, artists like Lorde are treading extra carefully when their music ends up sounding similar to someone else’s. But our brains can’t be trusted to notice when we steal an idea—and the problem is likely getting worse.

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What’s Next for Nico Walker, the Former Heroin-Addicted Bank Robber Who Inspired ‘Cherry’?

After a bestselling debut novel and a major motion picture adaptation by the Russo brothers, one of the literary scene’s brightest new stars is trying to prove that his success wasn’t a fluke. First he has to adapt to life outside of a cell.

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Taylor Swift, Bon Iver, and the Myth of the Isolation Album

The cottagecore aesthetic of ‘Folklore’ fits it neatly into the lineage of musical exile narratives, both good and bad. It’s a story we love to indulge in—even if it rarely gets at the true meaning of being alone.

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Robin Williams, an Acid Trip, and Moral Panic: The Story of “Blame Canada” at the Oscars

The breakout song from Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s ‘South Park’ movie took center stage at the 2000 Academy Awards. Twenty years later, it remains a declaration of the duo’s ethos—and a prism into their complicated legacy.

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Chris Farley Should Be Remembered for His Grace, Not His Falls

The funniest person to ever break a table was so much more than just that

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How the Spirit of Mel Brooks Lives on in ‘Jojo Rabbit’

If Taika Waititi’s wins big on Sunday, though, expect the scoffing to sound much the same as it did when Melvin Kaminsky won in 1969

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How Beck’s Los Angeles Shaped His Many Mutations

Once the shape-shifting, breakdancing king of fusion, Beck doesn’t seem to stand apart in today’s musical landscape as much as he used to. But as he heads into the cosmos on his new album, ‘Hyperspace,’ where he comes from tells a tale larger than music.