Bill McGarvey, a musician and writer, is the author of The Freshman Survival Guide and owner of McG-Media.com.
Arts & Culture Ideas
Bill McGarveyMarch 21, 2018
The Gaffigans have produced comedy specials, best-selling books and five children. They even survived a brain tumor. What have you done lately?
Arts & Culture Film
Bill McGarveyFebruary 01, 2018
The Best Picture winner is soaked in what Bernard Lonergan called ‘startling strangeness.’
Arts & Culture Television
Bill McGarveyJanuary 12, 2018
Chappelle’s two latest specials wade deeply into our national conversation.
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Arts & Culture Music
Bill McGarveyNovember 29, 2017
The self-described “first child of the baby boom,” Jann Wenner is not happy with a new biography.
Tom Petty performs at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
Arts & Culture Ideas
Bill McGarveyOctober 04, 2017
Tom Petty died on Monday at age 66, and anyone who knows me well understands that it is a personal loss.
Politics & Society Last Take
Bill McGarveySeptember 27, 2017
Paul McCartney’s concert was a much-needed reminder that joy and beauty and love are not crushed by darkness.
Craig Finn at the Friday Night Jam in New York City on Aug. 18
Arts & Culture Music
Bill McGarveySeptember 15, 2017
Finn’s songs somehow manage to avoid cheap nihilism in favor of a palpable sense of mercy.
Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., right, and former talk show host David Letterman arrive for their conversation at 92Y in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Politics & Society Ideas
Bill McGarveyJuly 11, 2017
Who better to combat the absurd, dark joke at the heart of the rise of Trumpism than someone like Al Franken?
Robert De Niro, as Bernie Madoff, and Diana Henriques, as herself, in HBO's "The Wizard of Lies." (Craig Blankenhorn/HBO)
Politics & Society Last Take
Bill McGarveyJune 09, 2017
Diana Henriques wrote the book on Madoff. She says Donald Trump is no con man.
Arts & Culture Last Take
Bill McGarveyMay 11, 2017
The documentary series “Five Came Back” and the British film “Their Finest” have brought World War II propaganda films back into public consciousness.