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Kirby Fields

Kirby Fields lives in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.  When he is not working or writing, he enjoys spending time with his wife and son.


Features

Monday, November 1 2010

At the Rally to Restore Sanity, We Were 'It'

PopMatters' Kirby Fields travels to Washington -- with two-year-olds wearing matching Colonial Boy and Colonial Girl outfits in tow -- to find sanity amidst the massive event that was 'The Rally to Restore Sanity'.


Sunday, April 25 2010

Filesharing from Carter to Obama

There is a difference between sharing files and sharing music. In the '70s, victory was hearing your favorite song on the radio. And now it was all here, right in front of me. Just a click away.


Thursday, December 3 2009

MCA's Heavy News

This is more about the surprise I felt when an hour after my heart ached for my own mother it ached again in a similar way for someone whom I have never actually met. So I’ve spent probably months listening to the Beastie Boys. So what? This gives me the right? The short answer is “Yes. Yes, it does."


Thursday, September 24 2009

Now and Then, Smells Like Teen Spirit: The Death of Kurt Cobain

There was a stretch when Nirvana was the soundtrack for our Friday nights. No, check that. There was a stretch when Nirvana was our Friday nights.


Tuesday, June 24 2008

The Book Barn

Kirby Fields revisits Joplin, Missouri's Book Barn, and poses the question: What does it mean to be the cultural center of a community that has no culture?


Columns

Thursday, March 25 2010

Where the Wild Things Are

Even if its pleasures outweigh its disappointments, Where the Wild Things Are is another in a series of Spike Jonze’s ambitious but flawed projects.


Monday, March 22 2010

You Couldn't Ignore Me If You Tried, by Susannah Gora

This book is part cultural analysis of ‘80s youth films, part trivia, and whole bunch walk down memory lane.


Reviews

Wednesday, February 16 2011

How Karl’s Mind Works is God’s Own Mystery: 'The Ricky Gervais Show: Season One'

This new series realizes the podcast's strong visual potential, even if it ultimately proves that the show works best in a solely auditory form.


Tuesday, November 23 2010

'Freedom' Explores What It Means to be Good

Walter's situation is indicative of that which all of Franzen’s characters face: How to negotiate our better selves against the tug of monetary gain, sexual desire, and the competitive streak that so often both defines and undoes us all.


Sunday, November 14 2010

'Please Give' Is a Story About a Family That Lusts

Like many of Woody Allen’s more notable films, Please Give concerns itself with a certain brand of New Yorkers who go antiquing, judge one another by their reading material, and covet their neighbor’s apartment.


Wednesday, October 27 2010

'Baseball: The Tenth Inning': When Baseball Became More than Just a Game

I'm beginning to wonder if Ken Burns has ever sat across from someone who clears less than six figures a year. I, for one, wouldn’t mind hearing from the guy at the corner bar.


Wednesday, August 25 2010

Time Does Not Follow a Linear Path In 'A Visit from the Goon Squad'

OK. So the book has already been championed. That doesn’t mean I can’t lend my voice to the choir, which, hopefully will continue to grow louder and louder and louder still. A book like this deserves as much volume as we can muster.


Blogs

Friday, April 24 2009

Forever Young: Bob Dylan's book for Jonah

Kirby Fields shies away from adding celeb-authored books to his brand new baby's library. Until he spies "Dylan" on one very important kid-lit spine.


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