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A Bonnaroo Media Round-Up, Plus What Was The New York Times Thinking?

A Bonnaroo Media Round-Up, Plus What Was The New York Times Thinking? (photo)

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Speaking of the 10th Bonnaroo, this year’s massive Manchester, Tenn., festival produced a load of good media: Ben Ratliff’s commentary for The New York Times was slightly elliptical and very intriguing, like a set of elaborations carefully built from random notebook scraps. There’s the excellent stream of The Arcade Fire set, too, plus this charming video of Sharon Van Etten that offers an interesting look at a first time at Bonnaroo. This MTV piece is kind of cute, while this Philadelphia Inquirer brief hopefully keys in on an infusion of increasingly interesting hip-hop programing in major American festivals.

The most ponderous piece to come out of this year’s festival, though, might just be Carrie Jerrell’s “A Postcard from Bonnaroo: A Music Festival to Make Your Head Spin,” printed in the A section of Monday’s The New York Times. An English professor and poet, Jerrell offers an editorial that’s 635-words of gee-golly naiveté that, if she hadn’t led with the statement that she’s been going to music festivals for two decades, would probably lead most to believe that she decided to save the biggest festival for her first festival. She laments that it will never be Woodstock because of the need to stage multiple bands at once, and that the kids these days just don’t care about politics when they’ve paid a lot of money to listen to music.

She reserves the bulk of her piece, though, for an ambivalent consideration of the festival’s drug culture. “Transactions that could lead to a prison term on city streets are conducted openly here,” she says, writing with a trace of hesitation and wonder that mostly suggests she might want to join in, save for her need to be sanctimonious. Fact is, though, two people died at Bonnaroo last weekend, bringing the death count for the festival’s 10-year run up to 10. According to the most recent news reports, drugs haven’t been ruled out in at least one of this year’s deaths, a fact that makes Jerrell’s meaningless postcard even more frustrating. Instead of disapproval or acceptance or anything like an assertive opinion, we got a conversation with an older fan who brought his kids–or a ham-fisted suggestion that festivals of this size should be for everyone when, clearly, they aren’t.

What’s the best piece you’ve read about this year’s Bonnaroo?

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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