I think I first came across Greil Marcus' criticism on Salon.com, where his column, "Real Life Rock," appeared from 1990-2003. This led me to track down a couple of his books, The Shape of Things to Come and The Dustbin of History. These books like his columns are full of interesting insight into all sorts of topics, not just music. He has an engaging and eclectic mind with far ranging interests. Real Life Rock (2015) collects all of his columns (formatted as monthly Top 10 lists "Real Life Top 10") from the following publications: The Village Voice 1986-1990, Artforum 1990-1998, Salon 1999-2003, City Pages 2003-2004, Interview 2006-2007, The Believer 2008-2014. The early columns confirm some of my musical tastes and establishing recurring themes in his selections. Marcus is very knowledgeable in the origins and greats of rock n roll-so there's lots of references to classic blues, Elvis Presley, and Bob Dylan. But these lists are not only concerned with music-he lists films, books, commercials, among other things. Some things he likes:Elvis Costello, The Fastbacks, Gang of Four, The Mekons and any spin off, solo project related to the band, riot grrl bands especially Sleater Kinney. He has special loathing for Lucinda Williams. In one column he does a take down of New Yorker film critic David Denby. I was inspired to search out some references and music that he championed as a result I reconnected with The Mekons and became a fan of The Handsome Family, Young Marble Giants, Waco Brothers, Lydia Loveless, and was introduced to "Almost You: The Songs of Elvis Costello" tribute album. Every mention of a tribute album is followed by: "Are tribute albums the worst? Most entries are lively and full of the convictions of an opinionated curator of modern culture.