With Free State of Jones, Hollywood’s Civil War Comes Closer to History’s

Pop Culture May Finally Be Ready to Surrender the Myth of a Noble, Confederate Lost Cause

The setting is the piney woods of Civil War Jones County, Mississippi. The white farmer Newt Knight leads a band of deserters against Confederate forces. An enslaved woman, Rachel, lends invaluable aid to this Knight Band. After gaining her freedom, she spends the rest of her life as Newt’s partner.

These events are a great story—and even better history. This summer, Free State of Jones will bring to movie theaters across the country a thrilling and relatively unknown tale of Civil War insurrection, romance, and interracial collaboration. The film, inspired …

Now That Americans Love Soccer, We’ve Also Become Its Referee

How FIFA Corruption Charges And New U.S. Fans Could Alter the Pitch for the World's Most Popular Sport

Not too long ago, Americans couldn’t care less about the world’s most popular sport. Now we care so much we are not only going to be a force to be …

Can the World Cup End U.S. Cultural Hegemony?

Soccer Remains One of the Few Non-American Narratives That Bind the World Together

When I was 17 I spent the summer in France on an exchange program, living with a family in an idyllic town in Normandy, parlando the language of Napoleon and …

Why Angelenos Love Kogi BBQ, Kale, and Cupcakes

Food Trends Are the Edible Zeitgeist, Says Journalist David Sax. And They Impact Our Diets, Economy, and Culture.

If you yell “cupcakes” to a crowd of Angelenos, how will they respond? How about “gluten-free”? Or “kale”? Or “bacon-kale cupcake”?

Journalist David Sax, author of The Tastemakers: Why We’re Crazy …

Please Don’t Dream About Impressing Keith Urban

What Do We Glamorize in 2013 That We Shouldn’t?

American popular culture has long glamorized the unhealthy and unsavory. We go to the movies and watch attractive people puffing cigarettes or mafiosos strutting around in sharkskin suits killing off …

Business Lessons I Learned From Rock Stars

When I Was Building Up Rhino Records, the Insights Came From Unexpected Sources

In the mid-1970s, my business partner Richard Foos and I were two recent college graduates with little more than a passion for music and a record store on Westwood Boulevard …