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Sunday, January 27 2013

Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part II

Deaf and punk cultures seem to share a similar outsider status, and Deaf clubs and social media, like punk bars and fanzines, offer refuge and regeneration, community-building and cures for boredom.


Monday, November 12 2012

Abandoning the Ear? Punk and Deaf Convergences Part I

The vibrant subcultures of deaf and punk communities have a long, storied, and interwoven under-the-radar past that sheds light on both allies.


Tuesday, October 9 2012

Occupy Literature: New York from Melville to the Beats

Before Occupy Wall Street rattled the money merchants, Herman Melville and the Beats shook the city's foundation with gumption and glee.


Sunday, September 9 2012

Endless Nights and Savage Angels: Henry James and Walt Whitman’s New York Cityscapes

New York is a symbol that claws its way into the core of stories. It's never just a set piece, never just a grid of architecture. It's a city of multitudes, madness, and muddied values.


Sunday, August 26 2012

Sound and Fury Still Cometh: Brazen Vic Bondi

Vic Bondi is a singular voice in American hardcore punk counterculture, who symbolizes how getting older gracefully doesn't mean squashing youthful fury and fervor.


Sunday, July 22 2012

Piercing the Shell of Portland’s Hype

As America’s pop culture boomtown, Portland may be held hostage to its own ever-expanding clichés. Or not.


Monday, June 11 2012

Texas Music Triumphs in the iTunes Era

Some music labels aim to score the next flavor of the week; others, like Saustex in Texas, buckle down and see seminal and compelling backyard styles.


Thursday, May 17 2012

Feeling ‘80s Spirit: Post-Hardcore Punk for the Plastic Generation

Moss Icon and Jason Farrell still sizzle in the present tense, despite years of obscurity.


Sunday, April 15 2012

Reluctant Gunslingers and Incorrigible She-Devils

Can classic Hollywood films help us navigate today’s environment of political apathy and cynical media saturation?


Tuesday, April 3 2012

The Future is Female

Sometimes, the prism of the future can be envisioned in the kitchen and playground, in unexpected forms of empowerment.


Thursday, February 16 2012

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and the Power of Music?

Denise Sullivan represents the insider intellectual stamina of rock 'n' roll journalism without the pomp and pretense. She is the past and future of the form, rolled into one uncanny style.


Sunday, January 15 2012

Machine Guns and Metaphors: Outlaw Poet Todd Moore Remembered

The tough, vernacular, and outsider writer Todd Moore became an icon of Outlaw Poetry; he disdained academia, embraced gangsters like John Dillinger, and made American poetry pulse with dark blood.


Sunday, December 4 2011

Subversive Sexology: A Conversation with Annie Sprinkle

With a pure heart and a heavy dose of body politic rebellion, Annie Sprinkle re-invents ecology in the age of eroticised digital culture.


Sunday, November 27 2011

Simon Reynolds Redux: A Conversation from the Past About Post-Punk

Simon Reynolds discusses Joy Division and The Ramones, sex and politics, and punk's blatant localism and latent racism around the time of the release of Rip It Up and Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984.


Tuesday, October 11 2011

Mohawks and Korans: Taqwacores Punk Mash-up

The Taqwacore movement seizes space in the punk narrative and social fabric, which allows Muslim voices to take root and explore their own version of rebellion.


Thursday, September 15 2011

Epistolary Rex, The Sharp Hunger for Letters: Conversations with Peter Case

A poetic series of ruminations between a journalist and his subject, a folk-hero rebel rocker, who celebrate years of friendship by exploring the rocky, jolting, and quasi-spiritual experiences that shaped both of their lives.


Sunday, July 31 2011

Knocking on History’s Door with Singer-Songwriter Tom Russell

Deep in the texture of Tom Russell's songs exists a well-examined stockpile of history told from the point-of-view of a sociologist with nimble literary prowess.


Tuesday, July 12 2011

Call Me Uncontrollable: Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England

A Conversation with Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England about punk attitudes, Deaf identities, and Muslim treatment in post 9-11 America.


Friday, June 17 2011

Zombies, Like Punks, Have Been Sedated & Sold, Prepackaged As Pitiful Empty Signifiers

Dr. Logan of Day of the Dead says that zombies can be domesticated and conditioned to behave – that’s exactly what some parents of punks believe, too.


Wednesday, May 11 2011

The Civil War and the Uneasy Fabric of American Identity

America's obsession with the Civil War reveals not-so-invisible wounds that linger to this day in the landscape and the nation's psyche.


Sunday, April 10 2011

In the City of Friction and Frisson: Street Art and Urbanism

All the illegal art, if taken as a combined unstable code and signature, are like short-lived tattoos on the municipal skins of cities.


Thursday, March 24 2011

Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love: The Films of Hal Hartley

Hal Hartley's films bridged the world of art school vibes and workplace routines, elite snottiness and pedestrian punches, suburban angst and critical thinking finesse, and mixed-up politics and prolonged personality crises.


Sunday, February 13 2011

Punk Rock? It’s a Black, Jewish, Southern Thang

Punk is no vacuum, no airtight, sealed white music form. It's a repository of culture -- magnetized, manifold, and chock-full of merit – that was, and is, impacted by Jewish, black, and Southern experiences.


Wednesday, January 12 2011

Can You Hear Me Now? The ‘Last Speakers’ Dilemma

People, places, and languages of our recent past are replaced by strip malls where Chinese porn store and Indian restaurant owners speak fluid Spanish, and Ethiopian-slash-Italian restaurants thrive next to Honduran and Venezuelan hot spots.


Wednesday, December 15 2010

Who Owns Punk History?

A folkloric examination of the interview manuscripts of punk historian Jon Savage and The England's Dreaming Tapes.


Sunday, December 5 2010

I Am Become Undead: ‘Cronos’ by Guillermo del Toro

Guillermo del Toro evokes a sense of literary and filmic magic surrealism, one of the core traits of Latin American creative DNA, popularized by writers such Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who probe the painful politics that often prevail in the Latin world.


Sunday, November 14 2010

Gimme Gimme 99 Cent Only Store

The outer limits of any metroplex, where the cheap stores reside, often bear the best fruits, both in terms of food and music. Real hipsters know this.


Tuesday, October 26 2010

The World’s a Mess: It’s in My Art

Cruz Ortiz blends spastic and Aztec in his art -- rich cultural legacies and body-fervor -- this is Chicano, this is street politics glocalized, this is honest country music in irony-laden times.


Wednesday, October 13 2010

Dollar Store Sundries and Sacred Spaces: Mexican-American Graves in a Modern Metropolis

Teeming with fruit, soda cans, ceramic figurines, plastic tassels, stuffed animals, even hanging shirts, the “barrio” section of Hollywood Cemetery abounds with vivid, converging, and often holiday-specific ornamentation.


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