The Bells of Saint Thomas Wept

Remembering JOHN SCOTT (1956-2015), Music Director of Saint Thomas Church in New York City, who died suddenly on August 12. 'The only glory John sought was the glory of God.'

Lyricist Yip Harburg’s Son Ernie: How My Dad Inspired Me to Become a Scientist (Part 1)

ERNIE HARBURG, son of the great lyricist YIP HARBURG, offers a two-part essay on life with father, and how father inspired son to become a scientist.


Herb, Herby, Herbert. Daddy.

LIterate, witty, loving, insightful: a daughter remembers her unique father on the occasion of the centennial of his birth.

Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles–and Allen Klein

MICHAEL SIGMAN reflects on ALLEN KLEIN, in light of FRED GOODMAN's acclaimed new biography of the man who 'bailed out the Beatles, made the Rolling Stones and transformed rock and roll.'


Reality Check

On April 5, 1968, the day after MARTIN LUTHER KING's assassination, ROBERT F. KENNEDY addressed 'The Mindless Menace of Violence' in a speech in Cleveland that resonates ever louder in 2015, after Charleston.

A Tribute to B.B. King

Remembering B.B.: The making of the King of the Blues's 1981 Grammy winning album THERE MUST BE A BETTER WORLD SOMEWHERE with songs by DOC POMUS and DR. JOHN


The Deep Meaning of Passover For Us All

For MIA SHERWOOD LANDAU, Passover 'is more than a holiday to honor history.' For her, it's an opportunity to 'celebrate my own personal freedom from spiritual oppression.' Allow her to explain.

Updike & Easter, 2015

Seven new perspectives on John Updike's enduring Easter poem, 'Seven Stanzas at Easter.'


Bob Durst, Camp Counselor

MICHAEL SIGMAN remembers an odd summer camp season in 1964 when his camp counselor was an odd duck named BOB DURST, now an infamous accused murderer.

Softball, The Music Biz and the Me Decade

MICHAEL SIGMAN recounts an epic softball tripleheader in the Summer of '76 between the Record World Flashmakers and the E STREET KINGS. Yes, those E Streeters...


Anonymous 4: The Exit Interview (Sort of)

An interview with ANONYMOUS 4's MARSHA GENENSKY (above) and SUSAN HELLAUER, reflecting on the Early Music quartet's groundbreaking career in this, its 30th and final year on stage and on disc.

The Elite Half Hundred of 2014 (Part 1)

THE ELITE HALF HUNDRED OF 2014 (PART 1)--Numbers 1-25 of our half hundred best albums of 2014, excluding the Albums of the Year