Interviews, Features, Thought Pieces, and Reviews

KNABLE GAZING is the Big City Folk blog column by Jim Knable

"REFLECTIONS ON A DYLAN DREAM"-- Published March 8, 2022

"THE PERFORMANCE OR THE NACHOS"-- Published October 13, 2021



"THE SONGWRITER PARENT"-- Published March 13, 2021

"ANTIFOLK THIS, Or, Reckoning with Someone Else's Antifolk Playlist "-- Published January 26, 2021

Interviews Conducted by Jim Knable

"Professors in Dialogue: Carol Berkin and Catherine Clinton Discuss American Women's History" moderated by Jim Knable Published by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History on Medium on January 21, 2020.

"Lucas Hnath with Jim Knable" moderated by Jim Knable Published by The The Brooklyn Rail on May 1, 2019.

"Talk of Souls in Slavery Studies: A Conversation with Erica Armstrong Dunbar and Tiya Miles, Co-Winners of the 2018 Frederick Douglass Book Prize" moderated by Jim Knable Published by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History on Medium on February 26, 2019.

"Aural History: Directors and Sound Designers In Dialogue"-- For the Summer Issue of the Stage Directors and Choreographer Society's Journal, Jim interviewed prominent directors and sound designers about their collaborative process and the future of sound design for theater. Published September, 2018.

Features and Thought Pieces

"The Rooted Adventure of Target Margin: 1001 Nights in Sunset Park"-- An exploration of Target Margin Theater's new season and new Sunset Park home. Published May 1, 2018 in The Brooklyn Rail.

"A Brave New World, at Your Doorstep"-- An in-depth profile of a popular site-specific theater based in Brooklyn called Brave New World Repertory Theatre. Published March 5, 2018 in The Brooklyn Rail.

"To Be Leonard Cohen"-- How Leonard Cohen has inspired this singer-songwriter. Published in Tablet Magazine.


"A Review of Rough and Rowdy Ways - The New Album by Bob Dylan"-- I Contain Multitudes of Bob Dylan: A Live (Second) Listening Review. Published June 26, 2020 on

"Last Year's Models, This Year's Concert - Elvis Costello and the Imposters and Blondie"-- A review of the Elvis Costello and Blondie show in Forest Hills, NY and a meditation on the place of aging in rock and roll. Published August 6, 2019 on

"Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds vs. Barclays Center - A Concert Review"-- A narrative review of Nick Cave in a basketball stadium, with much insight into the artist as performer. Published November 5, 2018 on

"Nick Cave's Skeleton Tree: Death Becomes Us"-- A personal narrative review of Nick Cave's new album Skeleton Tree

"Our Man Talks Han: A Solo Salute To The Space Pirate"-- A violent reaction to The Force Awakens on

"A Tale of Two James's: Why SPECTRE Has Us Seeing Double"-- A review of the latest James Bond movie SPECTRE on

"Not Dark Yet, But Gettin' Stormy: A Review of Bob Dylan, Tempest

"The 10 Worst Places to Take Your Children in NYC" -- Looking for something miserable to do in New York with your kids? Try one of these ideas!

"Nick Cave vs. My Broken Toe: a Concert Review" -- I broke my toe, went to a Nick Cave concert, and wrote about it.