Jon Pareles

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: The Bad Sleep Good or Not At All.

    They were loud, rude, bratty and obnoxious. They smoked pot, drank lots of beer, did drugs and slept in their clothes. If you were a guy who hung out at Theatre Gallery during the late '80s, chances are pretty good that one (or more) of them fucked your girlfriend. And they got away with it all be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2006

    Theater Critics Camp, Day 2

    I was always very good about playing well with others. Until I was 35. After that, my give-a-shitter about group dynamics plumb gave out. Here at Theater Critics Camp in New England, I'm reminded of the saying from Sartre: Hell is other people. Amend that: Hell is other people who are theater critic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2006

    Critical Appreciation

    I was saddened to read this morning in The New York Times about the death of rock critic Paul Nelson, a writer who had an estimable impact on, among others, Bob Dylan, as the man himself recounted in the 2005 Martin Scorsese-directed documentary No Direction Home. He worked for Circus and Rolling St ... More >>

  • Music

    March 21, 2002

    Conference for Cynics

    SXSW offers up dreamchasers, diatribes and some darn good music, too

  • Music

    March 12, 1998

    Write or wrong?

    Marilyn Manson's Long Hard Road Out of Hell is paved with one journalist's bad intentions

  • Music

    October 16, 1997

    Soul brother number one

    Ray Charles rules a far-flung kingdom

  • Music

    May 15, 1997

    Shooting craps

    U2 takes over the world--and turns it into a commercial

  • Music

    February 2, 1995