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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. He writes the blog Park Odyssey, for which he is visiting and blogging every park in New York City—over a thousand of them. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. By night he's a working musician: lead singer, songwriter, and bass player for Whisperado, a member of other bands as well, and a sideman.

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Orpheus Variations’


This fascinating live-action video piece takes theater just about as far as it can go from the pre-electricity era. Read More »

Music Review: Trampled Under Foot – ‘Badlands’


Three siblings equal one powerhouse rocking blues band. Read More »

Richard Matheson, One of 20th Century’s Great Imaginative Minds, Dies at 87


He crafted stories that presaged modern realities as well as any of the greatest 20th century writers of speculative prose fiction. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): “Geppetto” from Concrete Temple Theatre

Photo by Stefan Hagen

This version of the man behind PInocchio is a professional puppeteer who's lost his better half. Read More »

Music Review: Townes Van Zandt – “High, Low and In Between” and “The Late Great Townes Van Zandt” [Remastered]


These two albums from the early '70s were among the artistic high points of the songwriter's broken, even tragic career. Read More »

Movie Review: “Man of Steel” (Jon Sobel)


Epileptic pacing, difficult-to-follow handheld-camera action footage, and an excruciating cacophony of sound effects help make this superhero movie one of the worst in memory. Read More »

Music Review: Bonnie Whitmore – “There I Go Again”

Photo by Ron Baker

Bonnie Whitmore's second disc is crammed full of soulful, insistent Americana, with sharp-edged songs sometimes reminiscent of Tom Petty. Read More »

Music Review: Indie Round-Up – Paper Bird, Bethesda, Jerry Castle


Paper Bird's unusual sound mixes Afro-pop, Andrews Sisters harmonies, unexpected rhythms, and psychedelia. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): “Macbeth” Starring Alan Cumming


In a stunning performance, the actor takes on all the roles in Shakespeare's Scottish Play. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): White Hot by Tommy Smith


This taut, anxiously intellectual drama baffles expectations and boasts marvelous performances. Read More »