In The Outline • Recommended by Jeff Weiss
"This chronicle of John DeLorean's rise and fall doubles as a brilliant deconstruction of the branded fraudulence within the rotting aorta of the American Dream. It draws a widow-making straight shot from Henry Ford to DeLorean to Trump to Elon Musk -- with detours in Belfast, Columbia, the members-only Daisy Nightclub in Beverly Hills and the Twin Pines Mall in Hill Valley. In the process, it artfully reveals how America's decline is inextricable from its decision to believe in building brands over believing things. We've been suffering through the dystopian consequences ever since. Although to be fair, Delorean's Canadian imported pharmaceutical intake seemed to at least offer a solution for the best ways to cope."
Jeff Weiss is a music journalist based in Los Angeles. He's the founder of the long-running Passion of the Weiss blog, which just published its list of 2018's Best Rap Songs.