The end of the year is here. I know you, overachiever that you are. Pandemic and all, you’re taking stock of it. In a world where everyone somehow still seems to be crushing it, did you do enough?

The truth is, you did. If you are alive reading this right…


Many people have seen The Godfather. The Francis Ford Coppola-directed movie is frequently cited as one of the best — if not the best — films of all time. And rightfully so, it’s a family movie disguised as a crime drama masquerading as an inside look at the mafia. …


Election day came and America voted overwhelmingly to re-elect Donald Trump, bringing to the fore something we have known for the longest time — Americans will do anything to return the country to a time which never even existed in the first place. When it was great, they think. When…


In the fall of 2010, I had the courtesy of interviewing a young rapper, largely unknown out of serious hip-hop circles, named Kendrick Lamar. The interview was for a 300-word profile to be published in XXL magazine, what I believe was the first piece of print journalism done on him.


Well, if you want to sing out, sing out

Well, if you want to sing out, sing out

And if you want to be free, be free

’Cause there’s a million things to be

You know that there are

And if you want to be high, be high

And if…


Lately, I have taken to purchasing old magazines, issues of Scribners from the the late 1800s and early 1900s, some of which contain the first short stories of celebrated writers like Ernest Hemingway, and other treats which, to an untrained eye such as mine, remain undiscovered. …


Kanye West’s new album is far from flawless, but it delivers on its mission nonetheless

Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Kanye West released his 10th solo studio album, Donda, on Sunday, August 29. …


I was at the Knicks game last night at Madison Square Garden, Game 1 of the NBA Playoffs, a place the team hasn’t been in nearly a decade.

Traffic to the game was crazy; an hour and fifteen through the Lincoln Tunnel, as if every car in New York had…


Over the past year, I have had numerous conversations with people who seem to be struggling. It was the coronavirus, but it was also other stuff — work, relationships, creative struggles, the state of the world.

Everyone seemed to be running to a therapist, sometimes to talk, but a lot…


The other night I was looking to watch the movie “Cherry.” This is a movie starring Tom Holland, directed by the Russo Brothers (of Avengers fame), based on a book written by Nico Walker.

There were many reviews for the movie, most of them negative. Which made me want to…

Paul Cantor

Wrote for the New York Times, New York Magazine, Esquire, Rolling Stone, Vice, Fader, Vibe, XXL, MTV News, many other places.

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