Ben Jeffery

  • Foes of God

    It wouldn’t be absurd to describe Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis as the most prescient American novel of the last fifteen years. Published in 2003, it’s a slim and strangely told story about capitalism, the thirteenth…

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  • An Interview with Simon Reynolds

    Simon Reynolds is a music critic whose seventh book, Retromania, was published in 2011. Reynolds’s first book, Blissed Out: The Raptures of Rock (1990), celebrated late-Eighties underground rock and neo-psychedelia. He has since co-authored a…

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  • Out with the New

    While I was reading Simon Reynolds’s latest book, Retromania: Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past, I found myself thinking of the hours I spent as a teenager listening to grunge rock in my…

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  • Soccer and Schizophrenia

    For the last year and a half, I’ve been living in a flat in central London with no internet or TV, which means I’ve been listening to a lot of radio. Of that listening,…

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  • Hard Feelings

    Michel Houellebecq has published four novels, all of them bitter and miserable. Their pessimism isn’t the only thing to them, or necessarily the most important thing, but it is probably the first that you’ll…

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