Author Archive | Jesse Walker

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In Defense of Musical Ripoffs

StaxRadiohead is reportedly suing Lana Del Rey because her song “Get Free” sounds a lot like Radiohead’s old hit “Creep.” As Reason‘s Ed Krayewski noted earlier this week, Radiohead itself was successfully sued a while back because “Creep” sounds a lot like the Hollies’ “The Air I Breathe.” I don’t think anyone has ever sued […]

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The Baby Chicken vs. the State

Friday A/V Club: An accidental metaphor Jesse Walker|Nov. 10, 2017 3:10 pm Aca IlićAca Ilić’s The Mallet is set in a grimly futuristic factory where faceless workers separate the chicks they deem healthy from the chicks deemed defective; a giant mallet crushes the rejects to death. Amid the yellow chicklets, one little black bird stands […]

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The Never-Ending Search for Foreign Subversives

Four days after Donald Trump was elected president, thousands of people turned out for an anti-Trump march in New York City. That in itself isn’t so surprising: There were a ton of anti-Trump protests last November, and New York hosted a bunch of them. But this one, BuzzFeed reports, had been called by BlackMatters, a […]

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