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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. Through Oren Hope Marketing and Copywriting at you can hire him to write or edit whatever marketing or journalistic materials your heart desires. Jon also writes the blog Park Odyssey at 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.

CD Giveaway: Yo-Yo Ma and Kathryn Stott – ‘Songs from the Arc of Life’ with Booklet Signed by Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma Kathryn Stott Songs from the Arc of Life CD Blogcritics giveaway

Enter to win a signed copy of the new collaborate album from cellist Yo-Yo Ma and his longtime friend, pianist Kathryn Stott. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ by Lewis Carroll, 150th Anniversary Edition Illustrated by Salvador Dalí

Alice in Wonderland Salvador Dali Lewis Carroll

It's a great pleasure to rediscover Lewis Carroll's classic in this modestly priced new Princeton University Press edition, with marvelous illustrations created by Salvador Dalí for a long out-of-print 1969 printing. Read More »

Music Reviews: Indie Roundup – Wide-Ranging Americana from Holly Golightly, Stephen Young & the Union, Andy Hackbarth


These three new albums all fit loosely into the Americana category but are all very, very different. Two are from artists who aren't even (originally) from America. Read More »

Language Matters in Life and Business: Impulse Control When You Shop

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Don't let marketing buzzwords and scarcity messaging urge you into impulse purchases this holiday season. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘Radio Mystery 1949′ by Dennis Richard

"Radio Mystery 1949" by Dennis Richard, directed by Richmond Shepard. Alexander Reed and Beth Griffith. Photo by Jonathan Slaff.

The concept of an old-time live radio broadcast turning into a kind of reality show might ring bells for today's audience if it were handled cleverly, but 'Radio Mystery 1949' drops the ball. Read More »

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Theater Review (NYC): ‘Rent’ by Jonathan Larson at the Harbor Lights Theater Company

rent harbor lights theater company

I wondered if the hit musical from the AIDS-crisis era would seem dated in 2015, but this new talent-loaded Staten Island production shows that 'Rent' has become a perfectly valid period piece. Read More »

Music Review: The Zombies – ‘Still Got That Hunger’

The Zombies. Photo credit: Andrew Eccles

We aren't likely to see their like again. So it's nice The Zombies with us again, at least for those who are tapped in to the music scene enough to find this fine new album, which reflects on the past but is no mere exercise in nostalgia, or catch the band on the road. Read More »

Theater Review (NYC): ‘The Pillowman’ by Martin McDonagh

Kirk Gostkowski, Paul Terkel, and Deven Anderson in the Variations Theatre Groups' production of 'The Pillowman' by Martin McDonagh

Directed with concise assurance by Greg Cicchino and acted with stark focus by a fine cast, this production of McDonagh's police-state black comedy confronts head-on the story's ferocious flaying of what we like to think of as the benevolent and rational sides of our nature. Read More »

Language Matters in Life and Business: Minimalism Can Pay Major Dividends

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Slogans are as key as product names for marketing, and the shorter the sweeter, especially in the 140-character Twitter era. Sometimes advertisers hit the nail on the head. Other times they don't. Read More »