Jack Hamilton

Jack Hamilton is Slate’s pop critic. He is assistant professor of American studies and media studies at the University of Virginia. Follow him on Twitter.

Culturebox
Sept. 11 2014 11:38 PMThe Beatles. Bob Dylan. Biggie Smalls.Why the rapper belongs in the company of pop’s most influential artists.
Sports Nut
July 18 2014 9:15 AMThe Human Red FlagLance Stephenson is the most fascinatingly flawed player in the NBA.
The Spot
June 15 2014 10:38 AMThe Future of English Football Is Young, Exciting, and Exactly the Same as the Past
Sports Nut
April 29 2014 7:00 PMThe Last Day of the Old NBA
With one sweeping move, Adam Silver paved the way for a new, better league.
Sports Nut
April 7 2014 3:26 PMThunder GodKevin Durant’s otherworldly season.
Culturebox
March 10 2014 12:24 PMDark, Not MurkyEverything True Detective did, Red Riding did better, and did first.
Sports Nut
Feb. 24 2014 9:13 AMYes, This Was a Big DealThoughts on Jason Collins' historic debut as an openly gay NBA player.
Brow Beat
Feb. 2 2014 5:25 PMThe Moment Philip Seymour Hoffman Went From Character Actor to Star
Culturebox
Jan. 28 2014 2:48 PMDon’t Hate Macklemore Because He’s WhiteHate him because his music is terrible.
Music
Dec. 22 2013 11:30 PMAnno DominantYeezus’ miraculous year.
Books
Dec. 5 2013 8:08 AMSelect-a-RhythmWhat do you call a machine that hangs out with musicians?
The Completist
Nov. 13 2013 11:50 PMThe Twenty Greatest Wu-Tang Clan AlbumsIncluding one from U-God!
Sports Nut
Nov. 13 2013 12:25 PMThe Man Who Would Be DunkingAndrew Wiggins would’ve been the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. Instead he’s working for free while NBA teams lose on purpose to get him.
Brow Beat
Oct. 7 2013 5:03 PMWhere Do I Start With Pusha T, the Marlo Stanfield of Hip-Hop?
Culturebox
Sept. 26 2013 2:21 PMBreaking BallForget Walter White. Eastbound & Down is the most original, disturbing, wrenching show on television. (And it’s hilarious, too.)
Culturebox
Aug. 21 2014 4:21 PMBetter Than DirtMoe Szyslak, The Simpsons’ pressure valve for the release of cruelty.
Culturebox
June 18 2014 11:49 PMGood Times Bad TimesModern rock didn’t start with Dylan or the Beatles. It started with Zeppelin.
Culturebox
May 29 2014 11:44 PMGame of Thrones Isn’t Just Great FunIt’s great, period. And it should change how we think about television.
Culturebox
April 10 2014 4:06 PMDraft DayWhy did the NFL—America’s most obsessively image-conscious sports league—allow this catastrophe to happen? 
Culturebox
March 31 2014 11:17 AMRhyme and PunishmentProsecutors are using rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials. That needs to stop.
Culturebox
March 4 2014 12:26 PML.A. KingsSchoolboy Q, the latest West Coast MC to make a powerful claim to the hip-hop throne.
Brow Beat
Feb. 14 2014 10:34 AMDownload De La Soul’s Entire Catalog for Free. Here Are the 10 Perfect Songs for Valentine’s Day.
Obit
Jan. 28 2014 7:12 PMPete Seeger Was Folk MusicEven when his country tried to stifle him, he always overcame.
Sports Nut
Jan. 17 2014 3:54 PMThe Great BrainWhy the NFL needs Peyton Manning even more than the Broncos do.
Culturebox
Dec. 11 2013 4:30 AMFolk HeroesThe Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is the best film ever made about the folk revival—and one of the best ever made about music, period.
Culturebox
Nov. 18 2013 11:55 PMDid JFK’s Death Make Beatlemania Possible?The questionable connections between Camelot’s demise and Liverpool’s ascent.
The Completist
Nov. 13 2013 11:49 PMWu-Tang ForeverIs it even possible to listen to everything the Wu has ever recorded?
Sports Nut
Oct. 30 2013 11:36 AMBig Papi Keeps Getting BiggerHow David Ortiz became Boston’s most beloved athlete.
Culturebox
Oct. 7 2013 4:45 PMThe King Stay the KingPusha T says his solo debut is the rap album of the year. He might be right. 
Culturebox
Sept. 23 2013 1:18 PMOdd DuckIs it possible to love Drake’s music without actually liking Drake?

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Sept. 22 2014 6:30 PM What Does It Mean to Be an American? Ted Cruz and Scott Brown think it’s about ideology. It’s really about culture.
  Business
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  Life
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Sept. 23 2014 6:00 AM Naked and Afraid Prudie offers advice on whether a young boy should sleep in the same room with his nude grandfather.
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  Arts
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Sept. 22 2014 9:17 PM Trent Reznor’s Gone Girl Soundtrack Sounds Like an Eerie, Innovative Success
  Technology
Future Tense
Sept. 22 2014 6:27 PM Should We All Be Learning How to Type in Virtual Reality?
  Health & Science
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Sept. 22 2014 4:34 PM Here’s Where We Stand With Ebola Even experienced international disaster responders are shocked at how bad it’s gotten.
  Sports
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Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.