From “California Dreamin'” to “Freak”: California’s Musical History As A Haven for Weirdos

As New York-born Lana Del Rey continues to graft California and its (anti-)cultural trappings for her music, it leads one to take pause and reflect on the state’s rich aural and visual tradition of beckoning to weirdos through song. As Del Rey’s latest single, aptly titled “Freak,” from her Honeymoon …

Why Citizen Kane Is An Insult to William Randolph Hearst

Citizen Kane, consistently regarded as one of the best pieces of American cinema ever made, may be intended as an homage to William Randolph Hearst–even though it’s anything but. Hearst, notorious for his ruthless, cutthroat nature, is reduced to a middling, sniveling husk in his Rosebud-obsessed portrayal by Orson Welles. …