George Russell is a writer living and working in Los Angeles. His PopMatters essays have appeared in an anthology published by W.W. Norton.
Thursday, March 24 2011
PopMatters was in Beverly Hills for the Sucker Punch press junket, and sat down with among others, Director Zack Snyder, Producer Deborah Snyder, and stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Vanessa Hudgens, and Jamie Chung.
Tuesday, February 22 2011
Horror film is the purest genre, as it taps into our emotions directly, without the pretense of art. "It never takes me long to get into character. It's a good thing that I have the type of job where your criminal record has no bearing on your success." -- Kane Hodder on playing Victor Crowley [Hatchet I & II]
Friday, February 11 2011
A conversation with Henry Rollins, who is turning 50 this February. He discusses what it's like to get older as a celebrity, his radio show and his upcoming tour.
Thursday, September 16 2010
Ben Curtis of School of Seven Bells sits down with PopMatters to discuss the music business, the psychology of being in a band and the intentionality of songwriting.
Thursday, August 12 2010
A Los Angeles concert promoter is attempting to make money by making his concerts free, and he thinks the rest of the industry should do it too.
Tuesday, January 15 2013
As the world is increasingly filtered through computers there is emerging a reliance on data as a belief system. Groups like Anonymous are pushing us further towards data, as they highlight the divide they see between belief and information.
Monday, October 1 2012
World War II changed the way we eat, live and work on such a fundamental scale that to those in the West it seems like there has never been anything other than the globalized world it created.
Sunday, August 5 2012
Like the scene in romantic movies where two lovers see each other from across a crowded room and begin running towards one another, culturally the US seems to be rushing towards China as fast as China is rushing towards the US.
Thursday, June 21 2012
If Republicans and Democrats were in a street fight, who would win? Beyond Red and Blue is the rare book that gracefully helps you see the legitimacy of the other side of your sacred political beliefs.
Tuesday, March 31 2015
Internet shamings are simple: people say dumb things, are then pilloried for it and in the ensuing frenzy lose their jobs and reputations.
Thursday, December 9 2010
This is a fascinating book that combines razor sharp historical analysis with first person accounts. This is what pop culture writing is all about.
Monday, October 18 2010
While telling the story of the advent and popularization of artificial light, Jane Brox simultaneously tells the story of humankind's cultural evolution into the world we live in today.
Thursday, July 8 2010
Clay Shirky's 'Cognitive Surplus' is presently the #1 selling book on Amazon in three categories. Sound smart at your next cocktail party by reading this review instead of the book.
Wednesday, May 12 2010
Days of Heaven is a film that pushed the boundaries of film forward as an American art form. Watching it with the right kind of eyes reveals an ecstatic vision of an America that no longer exists.
Monday, November 3 2014
Jenny Lewis has a new album out and is making the publicity rounds.
Friday, April 25 2014
Fresh from a performance at Coachella MGMT played a set of songs at Apogee Electronics Studios in Santa Monica, CA to benefit LA-based radio station KCRW.
Wednesday, December 18 2013
Jake Bugg invited PopMatters to the studios of taste-making Los Angeles radio station KCRW for a recording session that will be aired December 23rd.
Friday, May 10 2013
A no cell-phones allowed show resulted in one of the best nights of acoustic music LA has seen in recent memory, and may also result in a touring duo.
Wednesday, January 9 2013
The LA band Local Natives have done the unprecedented and recorded a live preview of their new album, set to be aired on Morning Becomes Eclectic on January 11th, 2013.