Toni Morrison’s A Mercy grapples with maternal responsibilities and the simultaneous value and presumed danger of female independence. As the two “unmastered” women watch Rebekka run to her husband Jacob for comfort, Lina tells Florens, “We never shape the world…The world shapes us” (Morrison 83). Yet, at the climax of A Mercy, we witness the […]
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From the first moody guitar strums of “Blue Vein,” I was completely charmed by the world of Lael Neale’s latest album, Acquainted with Night. The magic word with Neale is roots; the singer-songwriter hails from rural Virginia, a clear deduction based on her uncomplicated, folk musical textures and honey vocals. On the aforementioned album opener, […]
Within the past three years, the members of indie hip-hop collective Brockhampton have cemented themselves as trailblazers of dissolving genre barriers and relating to their audience on a profoundly human level. While the musical act has not yet been properly examined under the lens of academic popular music criticism, I strive to explore the ascent, […]