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Tuesday, July 7 2009

The Curse of Monkey-Eared People

Nothing like a new iPhone to make one feel self-conscious about one’s ears.


Monday, April 20 2009

The Special Bus

Esotouric offers the connoisseur of crime a selection of tours round the infamous hot-spots of L.A’s darkest neighborhoods.


Tuesday, May 27 2008

Surton Girls

The girls collected in Surton's photographs evoke butterflies pinned to a board in the dusty attic of a lonely lepidopterist.


Monday, May 5 2008

E-mails from the Dead

Like a cyber séance, of sorts, these Internet services have become a means for the dead to speak to the living.


Tuesday, March 25 2008

Customer Feedback

Some Amazon buyers serve as "culture jammers", expressing their contempt for advertisers through simple acts of creative customer feedback.


Monday, February 18 2008

Plastic Fantastic

If you’re not shocked by the idea of mounting a dead animal’s head on the wall, why should you be shocked by Body Worlds 2?


Tuesday, February 5 2008

When Pets are Past Their Prime

Retirement homes for elderly herbivores and posthumous plans for your pet should you kick the proverbial bucket of water, first.


Sunday, January 6 2008

Dyke-Alikes

Welcome to an alternate universe populated entirely by middle-aged lesbians the likes of Robert Redford, Barry Manilow, Al Franken, and Kim Jong-il.


Sunday, November 25 2007

One Man’s Trash…

However unseemly and excessive this market may seem, the fact is that ever since there have been celebrities, there have been people rooting through their rubbish.


Sunday, October 21 2007

The Good, the Ugly, and the Simply Awful

Since we expect our celebrities to be beautiful, it's no surprise that we've acquired a clinical, critical eye for fine distinctions of physiology, scrutinizing the form and shape of the human face in Talmudic minuteness.


Sunday, September 23 2007

Dinners of the Damned

Thanks to Dead Man Eating, I now know that most states actually offer you your “special meal” a couple of days before your execution date, when you’ve still got enough of an appetite to enjoy it.


Sunday, August 26 2007

The Real McCoy

McCoy's massage parlor guides are comprised of funny, fussbudget prose and genteel, old-world attitude toward the "charms" of the "ladies" he has visited.


Monday, August 6 2007

Xtreme Zoo Babies

National Geographic's Animals in the Womb brings up an interesting thought; nobody goes around aborting cute, unborn puppies -- we wait until they're born to get rid of them.


Sunday, July 1 2007

Stars in our Pies

Always wanted to invite a famous person over for dinner? You can dine with almost any one you want, every day, no linen napkin required.


Sunday, June 3 2007

Shit Happens

No-one wants to talk seriously about toilets. Poke around in the hidden corners of The Poop Report, and you’ll come to see there's a lot more to it than tales about the trots.


Thursday, May 10 2007

Abandoning the Fort

It seems that teleportation, spontaneous human combustion, poltergeists, UFO sightings, alien abductions, and other such phenomena has fallen out of fashion, these days.


Sunday, April 1 2007

Side Show Suckers

For those waiting on a cold night for a shrunken head, a vampire-killing silver bullet, and the last, nasty little shred of Abe Lincoln, they would only be misled and deceived, yet again.


Tuesday, March 6 2007

Art History

Without venturing to psychoanalyze Art Garfunkel’s unconscious fixations, I’d say there are times when you can, in fact, tell a book by its cover -- and one of them is when it’s covered in protective plastic.


Tuesday, February 6 2007

Mein Kat

Cats that Look Like Hitler: Where cute starts to seem creepy...


Monday, January 8 2007

Mixed Pickles

A profile of rogue taxidermists, also known as artists who pay tribute to the overlooked detritus of the natural world, of which death is only a part.


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