The curse of Drinkenstein: 26 songs that use monsters as metaphors

1. Kanye West, “Monster”
The centerpiece track of Kanye West’s 2010 album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy finds West and friends embracing their metaphorical monstrousness and running with it. “Everybody know I’m a motherfucking monster,” West raps early on his verse. He’s being ironic, sort of, but he sounds…

He gives me some knowledge, I buy him some shoes: 13 depictions of the magical homeless

1. With Honors (1994)
Like grubbier, smellier manic pixie dream girls, the homeless are often reduced to thematic conveniences: Through them, flawed-but-likeable protagonists learn to live simply, or learn what really matters, or find newfound compassion for their fellow man—or all of the above, as in the Brendan Fraser

The best podcasts for the week of April 12-18

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The best podcasts for the week of March 29-April 4 

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