Latest from Betsy Phillips

Many say the job of the artist is to make the world strange. But it already feels strange right now.

  • Feb 13, 2018

America loves a good scoundrel. We should remember this one.

  • Feb 8, 2018

We have a word in the United States for a black man who is stolen from his home and forced to work for free, even to death, for a white man: slave.

  • Feb 7, 2018

Ghost stories aren’t good history. But they can serve an important function for a place.

  • Feb 16, 2017

If Americana wants to reward people with a sense of history, it can’t be mad at the people who have learned its history.

  • Feb 14, 2017

Zentner gave up his musical ambitions and found success writing for a young adult audience.

  • Feb 9, 2017

What’s it like to be responsible for and to a city that is a regular, mid-size U.S. city with regular problems and challenges and yet is also a national fantasy?

  • Feb 7, 2017

You can criticize how Linda McMahon ran World Wrestling Entertainment. But the business itself is no joke.

  • Dec 14, 2016

Determining what is and isn’t country music is a circular process that has excluded people who are now considered some of the genre’s biggest icons.

  • Dec 12, 2016
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