Articles by Mike Spry

In Conversation: Nikki Glaser on Trump, Catharsis, and Comedy

The stand-up comedian talks about the possibilities for comedy under the new administration ahead of her appearance at Riot LA.

Leia Shot First: Saying Goodbye to Carrie Fisher

“My generation was not tainted by the fantasy of Leia, but rather encouraged to aspire to the love of women like her.”

Poverty on Television: “Shameless” and the American Dream

The Showtime drama, which was just renewed for an eighth season, offers a brutally humanizing portrayal of lower-class American life.

The New Purveyors: The Nerdist, WTF, and Cultural Conversation

Chris Hardwick and Marc Maron approach the entertainment industry in wildly different ways. But both help us to escape the culture of the soundbite.

Courage (for Gord Downie)

Following the announcement of lead singer Gord Downie’s terminal cancer diagnosis, Mike Spry explains how The Tragically Hip speak to the Canadian soul.

Peel Slowly and See: Bonnie “Prince” Billy, the Past, and “Pond Scum”

Will Oldham talks about his new album, which compiles material from three Peel Sessions recorded decades ago.

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