Call for Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Karen Zarker
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PopMatters Managing Editor

Karen Zarker, Managing Editor at PopMatters, works with a talented array of writers throughout the magazine. She manages the PopMatters Books Series, and also holds many behind-the-scenes operational responsibilities. She can be reached at zarker(at)


Tuesday, April 23 2013

20 Questions: Ben Greenman

Have you ever seen a juggler on a moving sidewalk? Ben Greenman, whose latest, The Slippage (released today), ponders this and other wonders of life in his response to PopMatters 20 Questions.

Monday, August 27 2012

20 Questions: Harry Shearer

What can one say about the irrepressible comedic cultural critic Harry Shearer that hasn’t already been said – or that he hasn’t already said, himself (in an array of voices)? Never short of words, Shearer has a few things to say to PopMatters.

Tuesday, July 24 2012

20 Questions: Dan Rather

Will Dan Rather go to Heaven? Not if God is a mosquito. Which of PopMatters 20 Questions leaves this esteemed journalist from Texas stumped, feeling "dumb as a carrot"? Read on.

Monday, May 14 2012

20 Questions: Kate Bornstein

"I was a Scientologist for 12 years, which is a lot more embarrassing than saying Hi, I’m a transsexual SM dyke living with borderline personality disorder," Kate Bornstein tells PopMatters 20 Questions on the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.

Sunday, March 4 2012

20 Questions: Ellen Ullman

Technophile, humanist and storyteller Ellen Ullman is touring for her latest, By Blood. The cult classic Close to the Machine and runner-up for the PEN/Hemingway Award, The Bug, are enjoying a resurgence, as well. From the sterile environs of an airport terminal, Ullman recalls a glorious range of artists and intellectuals (and the work they have produced) that have shaped her.

The Bravery [1.Jun.08]


Tuesday, June 22 2004

The High-Tech Clairvoyant

We of modern means seem to like our dose of psychic healing with a dash of technical

Tuesday, January 6 2004

By the Sound of Her Voice: Earning a Living as a Voice Artist

You don't have to dress up, watch your weight, or worry about that zit on your chin, and you get paid a great chunk of change.

Tuesday, October 7 2003

What's in the Wash

Whether today's babies are clinging to a skinny, malnourished hip, or being wheeled about in a plush, triple stroller, come the time they reach working age -- should they reach working age -- they might well outnumber the souls of the dead and the posts they've vacated.


Saturday, December 31 1994

Chienne de Guerre: A Woman Behind the Lines of the War in Chechnya by Anne Nivat

Physical distance from Chechnya, from Palestine/Israel, from Rowanda, Albania, Guatemala, Kurdistan, Macedonia, and so on, for those of us who feel we have such distance, provides psychological comfort only. It provides no protection from the fallout from these wars.

Saturday, December 31 1994

A Density of Souls by Christopher Rice

. . . by young writer Christopher Rice (progeny of gothic writer Anne Rice and poet and painter Stan Rice), is a mystery and gay-coming-of-age story that is powered, in part, by the current of hate pulsing through America.


Tuesday, June 24 2014

Call for Book Reviewers and Bloggers

We regularly provide curated lists of books for review, which we will order for you upon requested assignment, and we also welcome suggestions.

Tuesday, January 28 2014

PopMatters Seeks Writers for Electronic Music Column

The Difference Engine has been sitting on the blocks. Time to get this baby up and running, again.

Thursday, May 23 2013

Call for Papers: Anachronism in Art - Pros and Cons

Why do modern adaptations of Shakespeare work? Yet Baz Luhrmann's adaptations of period pieces don't?

Friday, May 3 2013

Gail and Audrey: An Unexpected Love Story (video)

She likes 'wife'. I do, too.

Thursday, February 14 2013

Call for UK-Based DVD and Music Critics

PopMatters is looking to expand our community of writers in the UK, particularly in the areas of music and DVDs.

The Lip Biting Drama That Is 'Lip Service' (Channel Surfing) [15.Jun.12]
Show Auto-Tune Some Respect, Already (Mixed Media) [25.Mar.11]
Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl (Consuming Consumables) [17.Dec.10]
The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto (Consuming Consumables) [17.Dec.10]
Herblock / Dr. Seuss Go to War (Consuming Consumables) [18.Dec.09]
The Map as Art / Strange Maps (Consuming Consumables) [18.Dec.09]
Ruben Toledo-Illustrated Penguin Classics (Consuming Consumables) [11.Dec.09]
The Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health (Consuming Consumables) [8.Dec.09]
World Cheese Book (Consuming Consumables) [6.Dec.09]
The Best American 2009 Series (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.09]
Street Art San Francisco / Graffiti New York (Consuming Consumables) [2.Dec.09]
Wine Wars: A Trivia Game for Wine Geeks and Wannabes (Consuming Consumables) [1.Dec.09]
The Human Brain Book (Consuming Consumables) [28.Nov.09]
The Universe Seasons 1-3 (Consuming Consumables) [28.Nov.09]
The Burma Chronicles (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.08]
The Essential Cocktail / Peterson's Holiday Helper (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.08]
State by State: A Panoramic Portrait of America (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.08]
The Billionaire's Vinegar (Consuming Consumables) [16.Dec.08]
Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America (Consuming Consumables) [15.Dec.08]
Jazz Icons: Series 3 (Consuming Consumables) [15.Dec.08]
Ultimate Adventures: A Rough Guide to Adventure Travel (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.08]
One Hundred Greatest (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.08]
Whole Lotta Led Zeppelin (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.08]
Interactive Mysteries (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.08]
Best of American series (Consuming Consumables) [12.Dec.08]
Murder Short and Sweet (Consuming Consumables) [12.Dec.08]
Secret Lives of Great Artists (Consuming Consumables) [11.Dec.08]
Two Fat Ladies (Consuming Consumables) [10.Dec.08]
Obsessed with Star Wars (Consuming Consumables) [9.Dec.08]
The Elvis Encyclopedia (Consuming Consumables) [8.Dec.08]
Lost: The Complete Fourth Season (Consuming Consumables) [7.Dec.08]
DC Comics/Vertigo/Marvel Encyclopedias (Consuming Consumables) [7.Dec.08]
The Wordy Shipmates (Consuming Consumables) [5.Dec.08]
What Philosophy Can Tell You About Your Cat/Dog (Consuming Consumables) [4.Dec.08]
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered) (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.08]
The Complete Ripley Novels (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.08]
The Intellectual Devotional: Modern Culture (Consuming Consumables) [2.Dec.08]
Once Again to Zelda (Consuming Consumables) [1.Dec.08]
Holidays on Ice by David Sedaris (Consuming Consumables) [30.Nov.08]
The DC Vault (Consuming Consumables) [26.Nov.08]
The Book of Animal Ignorance (Consuming Consumables) [24.Nov.08]
Babel (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [$34.99] (Consuming Consumables) [17.Dec.07]
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman [$24.95] (Consuming Consumables) [13.Dec.07]
Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series [$79.98] (Consuming Consumables) [12.Dec.07]
The Marvel Vault: A Museum-in-a-book... [$49.95] (Consuming Consumables) [10.Dec.07]
Picket Fences: Season 1 [$59.98] (Consuming Consumables) [6.Dec.07]
POV: 20th Anniversary Collection [$249.95] (Consuming Consumables) [3.Dec.07]
Take Me to Your Leader by Ian Harrison [$25.00] (Consuming Consumables) [26.Nov.07]
Moby Dick: A Pop-Up Book by Sam Ita [$24.95] (Consuming Consumables) [21.Nov.07]
3 Faces of Danzig (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.06]
The Pretenders – Pirate Radio Box Set (Consuming Consumables) [14.Dec.06]
Docurama Awards Collection: Volume 2 [$199.95] (Consuming Consumables) [13.Dec.06]
READ - Shoes: A History from Sandals to Sneakers (Consuming Consumables) [10.Dec.06]
READ - Fresh Fruits Postcards (Consuming Consumables) [6.Dec.06]
READ - The Rough Guides to Music and Film (Consuming Consumables) [5.Dec.06]
PLAY - Roboreptile (Consuming Consumables) [27.Nov.06]
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