June 6, 2016

The Data Mine of Rap

By Brian Michael Murphy

The Raplyzer is a computer program that automatically analyzes rhymes from rap lyrics and ranks rappers according to their Rhyme Factor. Created by Eric Malmi, a doctoral student in Computer […]

March 30, 2016

Phife’s Islands

By Brian Michael Murphy

The third death of A Tribe Called Quest occurred last week with the passing of Phife Dawg. The first death came after The Love Movement, when the group broke up; […]

June 12, 2015

The Low Pass Theory, Part 2

By Brian Michael Murphy

Beyond the dense childhood memories of musical sound sieved through cinder block, another archetypal memory carried by a number of hip hop producers and artists—including KRS-ONE, the RZA, as well […]

December 16, 2014

Patterns of Poetic Revolution

By Amit Majmudar

  One of the most famous lines in English poetry about poetry is Moore’s “I, too, dislike it.” The interesting thing is just how much the best poets, historically, have […]

October 11, 2013

Skyscrapers of Light

By Brian Michael Murphy

In 1938, Westinghouse buried a time capsule in a section of Queens described as a “valley of ashes” in The Great Gatsby. The time capsule was supposed to contain a […]

June 28, 2013

What Makes Contemporary American Poetry So Good

By Amit Majmudar

One of the most wonderful things about being a writer in contemporary America—besides the unprecendented ease of access to books—is our multiplicity of traditions. In the past, in smaller, more homogenous […]

August 7, 2012

On “Literary Fiction” and “Genre”

By Amit Majmudar

If you look at Wikipedia’s list of the bestselling fiction writers of all time, you’ll notice that the majority are English-language authors of the 20th century. So Barbara Cartland’s on […]

June 8, 2011

Materials Wednesday: raw and refrain

By Nick Admussen

In 2008 I moved from suburban New Jersey to Hollywood, California, and spent about six months feeling completely overstimulated and unable to cope with all of the helicopters and green […]