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Notes on “The White Album”

“When I feel like nothing will ever be worthwhile again, I read Joan Didion’s essay ‘The White Album’ to remind myself how good something can be.” “The White Album” has become part of Michael Nagel.

Every Childhood Is a Tragedy: A Few Thoughts on Carrie and Lowell

“Now that Carrie and Lowell was on my phone I was listening to it all the time. On the train. On my porch. During lunch while I walked around in a t-shirt. I walked to Klyde Warren park where everyone was wearing sunglasses. The sun reflected off their sunglasses and their eyes looked as bright as welders’ torches.” Michael Nagel on listening to Sufjan Stevens’ latest album, Carrie and Lowell.

Working Stiff

“Everyone in the company was in their fifties and sixties except Jessica who couldn’t have been older than twenty five. She came to work in sundresses and her lips were always wet. She had a strong jawline and wasn’t pretty exactly except that I was in love with her.” Michael Nagel covers three of our favorite subjects: Love, Death, and Work.

January 19, 2014
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Psycho

“I don’t know why the trailer for Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho is so interesting but I can’t look away.” Michael Nagel (and you) may be a psycho, too.

October 20, 2013
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Pink Moon

“I told my wife I needed to see a counselor, but I didn’t tell her that I know exactly how much Tylenol it takes to kill a man.” An unforgettable piece about an unforgettable song by Michael Nagel.

June 3, 2013
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The Changes

“At work, they asked us to please stop drinking. People had been pouring wine under their desks. I just don’t think alcohol is necessary, our vice president said, clearly not living in the same universe as the rest of us.” Michael Nagel reflects on life after the Boston Marathon bombing.

April 1, 2013
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On Not Really Liking but Kind-of Really Liking Mumford & Sons

“We don’t choose the things we like; they choose us. So, in a lot of ways, my coming to terms with Mumford & Sons was actually my coming to terms with myself.” Michael Nagel makes a brave confession.

March 5, 2013
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What I Wanted to Tell You, Man

“One thing I can say about The National with absolute certainty is that their lyrics are better than everyone else’s.” And that’s just the first thing Michael Nagel has to say.

December 18, 2012
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Listening To Sufjan Stevens

“What I like about Sufjan is that he does his work entirely, completely, unapologetically — if he’s X, he’s X spectacularly so (eight-foot cardboard wings).” Michael Nagel may or may not be a fraud.

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