In this week’s Village Voice Music Section, Rob Harvilla says that Guns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy has amazing liner notes but isn’t such a good record: “I look forward to re-reading these liners in Best Music Writing 2009; you will greatly prefer them, at least initially, to Chinese Democracy itself.”
Tom Breihan catches a case of post-graduate depression writing about Kanye West’s 808s & Heartbreak.
Saul Austerlitz timidly regards David Bowie’s bewildering music-video history at MOMA.
In Books, the debut of Zach Baron’s Lit Seen column, featuring a Housing Works Gin Mingle with Joshua Ferris, n+1, and an interview with Roberto Bolaño’s translator, Natasha Wimmer.
Ella Taylor welcomes you to Baz Luhrmann’s not-quite-marvelous Australia.
Robert Wilonsky attends Four Christmases.
In Theater, Michael Feingold takes in Road Show, Dividing the Estate, and American Buffalo.