Neko Case at Granada Theater
Neko Case blew into Dallas on the whiplash end of the reversing polar vortex. Fortunately, Case’s Thursday night Granada Theater performance generated a lush, radiating warmth. Along with her band mates, Case is touring in support of her recently Grammy-nominated album, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You. Case’s new music slips labeling because it’s matured into something more than Americana. During last night’s show, rather than merely referencing various musical styles, Case’s signature sound emanated from the band’s collaging country, r&b, rock, doo-wop, and folk on individual numbers.
James Baldwin, Democracy, and Public Intellectual Work
My essay, “‘All safety is an illusion’: John Dewey, James Baldwin, and the Democratic Practice of Public Critique,” appears in this new collection from University of South Carolina Press.