Patrick Schabe is an editor, writer, graphic designer, freelance copyeditor, and digital content manager, depending on the time of day. He has also worked in a gas station, at a smoothie bar, as a low-level accountant, taught college courses online, and cleaned offices, so he considers his current employment a success. Under his unassumed identity, Patrick holds a BA in English -- Creative Writing from Metropolitan State College of Denver and a Master of Social Science with an emphasis in Popular Culture Studies from the University of Colorado. He's currently at work on a first novel and a non-fiction piece on cultural theory. Patrick lives in Littleton, Colorado, with his wife, Jessica, who makes everything worthwhile.
Celebrating the Celebration: Music's Timeless Captivation | 19 Oct 2009 // 5:00 PM
We will always create it, always embrace it, and always find new ways to harness its power.
Why Does PopMatters Matter? | 18 Oct 2009 // 5:00 PM
Pop matters because it is a reflection of how we collectively assign meaning and develop cultural responses to that meaning. Magazines like PopMatters give voice to those meanings and explore the natures of those cultural responses, allowing us all to share in them, and we open the doors for all who have the talent to express those ideas.
The Joy of Sex: An Endless Smorgasbord | 12 Mar 2009 // 5:00 PM
‘Ingredients’, ‘Appetizers’, ‘Main Courses’, ‘Sauces and Pickles’ and yet more modernized recipes. Yes, there is another brand new edition of that 1970s classic, The Joy of Sex.
After the Silicon Rush | 12 Nov 2007 // 4:00 PM
In the 20-plus years since cyberpunk threw down a gauntlet to science fiction and stormed the cultural gates, its vision has been praised, criticized, absorbed, and integrated into the mainstream. Does post-cyberpunk have something new to offer?
The Boy Who Lives On: Harry Potter's Place in Popular Culture | 30 Jul 2007 // 6:00 PM
Harry Potter flew so high in popular cultural consciousness not by some force of magic, but by the simple, sometimes thrilling machinations of pop culture.
The Art of Everyday Living //28.Nov.06
Hot IQs: "Let's Inflate" //14.Nov.06
The Man Who Sailed Around His Soul //26.Oct.06
FOUND Magazine //28.Feb.06
Rediscovering DNA //28.Apr.05
...And That's the Way It Was (2004 Yearbook) //8.Dec.04
Masses in Transit //31.Oct.04
Best Music of 2003 | Patrick Schabe //18.Dec.03
Tony James and the ArgonautSSS //28.May.03
Best Music of 2002: Patrick Schabe //15.Dec.02
Love and Robots //14.May.02
Best of 2001: Patrick Schabe //16.Dec.01
Banned in the U.S.A.? //26.Sep.01
I Am the World Trade Center //15.Sep.01
Best of 2000: Patrick Schabe //17.Dec.00
Why Does Pop Matter? //17.Oct.99
It's All About the Pentiums | 28 May 2000 // 8:00 PM
It's getting to the point where you can't enjoy a simple hamburger these days.
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Globalization? | 30 Mar 2000 // 7:00 PM
: It's getting to the point where you can't enjoy a simple hamburger these days.
In Loving Memory of the Car | 14 Feb 2000 // 7:00 PM
: In my last two columns, I have come dangerously close to setting a trend in which I consistently attack the 'hick' culture. Not wanting to make enemies among people I don't hate, this time I'm turning the microscope on a general suburban blight of conspicuous consumption: the SUV.
As Cool as Calvin | 31 Dec 1999 // 7:00 PM
: I owe a great debt to Bill Watterson for bringing a seven-year-old boy and his stuffed tiger into my life. Calvin and Hobbes may be the best comic strip ever drawn, and even if that's debatable to the world at large, it holds true for me.
Patrick Schabe | 18 Nov 1999 // 7:00 PM
The Little Giant of Aberdeen County by Tiffany Baker | 12 Apr 2009 // 5:00 PM
Baker's story doesn't race towards a tense conclusion, but instead telegraphs its punches and eases into the inevitable.
The Crow Road by Iain Banks | 16 Dec 2008 // 3:00 PM
Banks allows images of the Scottish countryside to breathe, adding detailed colors, flowers, smells, and other textures without ever over-painting the scene.
The Wonder Singer by George Rabasa | 2 Oct 2008 // 6:00 PM
There's something particularly pathetic about a desperate man in the throes of an existential mid-life crisis.
The Cambridge Curry Club by Saumya Balsari | 27 Aug 2008 // 6:00 PM
Balsari's debut novel is gratefully returned to print, allowing its diaspora tale of intertwined lives to spread out around the world.
Lady Lazarus by Andrew Foster Altschul | 18 Jun 2008 // 6:00 PM
Lady Lazarus is a naked lunch. The circuit is closed. The simulacrum ironically, paradoxically, signifies everything.