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Author Archives: Jon Sobel

Jon Sobel is an Executive Editor of Blogcritics as well as lead editor of the Culture & Society section. As a writer he contributes most often to Culture, where he reviews NYC theater; he also covers interesting music releases. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at http://www.orenhope.com/ you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at http://parkodyssey.blogspot.com/ where he visits every park in New York City. And by night he's a part-time working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Book Review: ‘Captivity’ by György Spiró

Captivity by Gyorgy Spiro

This intensively researched historical novel follows the travels and peripatetic career of a myopic, bookish Jew who travels to great cities of the ancient world and lives through adventures thrilling and horrible that throw light on what life was like two thousand years ago. Read More »

Language Matters in Life and Business: Yes Means Yes in the Age of Consent


One reason campus sexual assault is such a tough issue to address is that it's so hard to come up with clear, effective language. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘City Girls & Desperadoes’ with Austin Pendleton at The Secret Theatre

City Girls & Desperadoes at the Secret Theatre, Queens. Painting by Daria Deshuk

Imagine one of Tennessee Williams's larger-than-life mother figures dropped into a Lanford Wilson play, and you'll have a hint at what to expect. Read More »

Theater Review (Broadway): ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Alexandra Silber, Danny Burstein, and Adam Kantor in 'Fiddler on the Roof' at the Broadway Theatre. Photo by Joan Marcus

I didn't know how fresh a new revival could be after more than half a century. But thanks to bright performances, crisp staging, and dashing new dances and musical arrangements that respect their sources, this 'Fiddler' doesn't feel dated at all. Read More »

Music Review: Love – ‘Reel to Real’ [Deluxe Edition]

love reel to real arthur lee

The 1974 album from Arthur Lee's reconstituted Love is out for the first time on CD and digital, with plenty of bonus tracks. Read More »

Language Matters in Life and Business: Downton Abbey Talk

downton abbey season 6

Talk to the organ-grinder. Read More »

Travels in Turkey: Part 3 – Istanbul: Topkapı, Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, and More

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Visiting the great monuments of Istanbul's Sultanahmet Square district Read More »

Language Matters in Life and Business: Year-End Language Gripes


"To gift" or not "to gift?" Read More »

Holiday Hope from the Homeless: Members of Outreach Program for Mentally Ill Create Christmas Waltz

christmas trees new york city homeless

Members of a program for the mentally ill homeless gathered with Teaching Artist Leo Schaff to create and perform a Christmas waltz to lift your spirits this holiday season. Read More »

Concert Review: Martin Barre and His Band (NYC, 12/19/15)

Martin Barre at Rockwood Music Hall

Legendary Jethro Tull guitarist Martin Barre and his band touched down in New York City for a night of blues, rock, and Tull. Read More »