.Ellen Cushing

Nov 26, 2014

The Best Fiction of 2014

We Were Liars By E. Lockhart $17.99 We Were Liars begins with the bones of a pulpy television drama, or maybe a trashy beach read — well-heeled...
May 21, 2014

Un-Guilty Pleasures

Frog Music By Emma Donaghue In 2010, Emma Donoghue rocketed to the top of local and national bestseller lists with Room, a haunting, taut, utterly unforgettable...
Feb 26, 2014

St. Vincent

In an interview published last week in the Boston Globe, Annie Clark — aka St. Vincent — revealed that while writing and recording her...
Feb 19, 2014

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

The album title speaks volumes: First, there's the reference, to the summer-of-'75 O'Jays hit of the same name, part of a lineage of black...
Jan 8, 2014

Angel Haze

Dirty Gold entered the world auspiciously: In late December, after what were apparently a series of frustrating label negotiations and release-date delays for her...
Dec 18, 2013


Mostly I'm writing this as penance for not including Beyoncé's fantastic, self-titled new record on my top albums of the year list. It wasn't...
Nov 27, 2013

Ellen Cushing’s Top Five Albums of 2013

Vampire Weekend, Modern Vampires of the City Fuck the haters, though Vampire Weekend's are legion and somewhat legitimate: The band's 2008 self-titled debut was smug...
Nov 27, 2013

The Best Books of 2013

Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital, by Sheri Fink $27 It is, at this point, almost myth, or maybe metaphor: The...