Lana Cooper has written various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2006. She's also written news stories for EDGE Media, a nationwide network devoted to LGBT news and issues. In 2013, she wrote her first novel, Bad Taste In Men, described as one part chick lit for tomboys and one part Freaks and Geeks for kids who came of age in the mid-'90s. She lives in Philadelphia and enjoys spending time with her family, reading comic books, and avoiding eye contact with strangers on public transportation. A graduate of Temple University, Cooper doesn't usually talk about herself in the first person, but makes an exception when writing an author bio.
Watch It for the Clothes: The Class and Gender Warfare of 'Gossip Girl' | 13 May 2012 // 6:00 PM
The past few seasons of Gossip Girl have sent a consistent message to the series' largely female audience: women who attempt to climb the social ladder won't get a happy ending. Even ladies born wearing Prada diapers can expect their share of misery.
Id N’ Ego Killed the Pop Metal Star... and the Alternative Rocker, Too | 28 Sep 2011 // 5:00 PM
Grunge didn't kill pop metal, it merely succeeded it as the genre of choice as part of a logical progression. To understand the emergence of alt-rock, we need to examine why the tide turned against a wave of music that had once been so popular.
Emil & Friends: Downed Economy | 10 Nov 2010 // 3:58 PM
Emil & Friends shows a love of MGMT-esque synthpop that weaves humor into an eclectic blend of funk, disco, and folk and leaves you wanting more.
Goo Goo Dolls: Something For the Rest of Us | 23 Sep 2010 // 5:00 PM
Inspired by the recession, the Goo Goo Dolls craft an emotional, near-perfect album that gives a voice and a window into the individual struggles of the large number of "the rest of us" out there.
All Bad Things Must Be Listed: The 10 Best Mötley Crüe Songs | 2 Jul 2014 // 4:00 AM
Just as Mötley Crüe kickstarts its legally-binding farewell tour, Sound Affects runs down the best songs by the kings of '80s Sunset Strip metal.
Phyllis Diller: The Last of the Not-Hot Mamas | 20 Aug 2012 // 11:20 PM
Phyllis Diller was among the last of a dying breed of comics who recognized comedy as the domain of the outcast.