Robert Alford is a writer and a critic who lives in Seattle. His work has appeared, most recently, in Paste Magazine, Bookforum.com and Real Change News.
Tuesday, April 23 2013
Dallas Clayton once made a small little homemade book for his son. Then he put it online. Then, it became a worldwide smash. Heralded by celebrities, subject of a Google ad, and inspried by his son, PopMatters speaks to author Robert Alford about modern-day publishing, maintaining your center, and the importance of keeping your family close at all times.
Monday, March 11 2013
Jamie Lidell has gone from experimental electronic boundary-pusher to soul-revival gadfly to buddy of Beck and back again. With his new album, he talks to PopMatters about influences and homages, the pushback he receives from showing them, and why he's OK with roasting in the Nashville sun ...
Wednesday, October 17 2012
Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Monade discusses her latest solo album, Silencio, and her unique blend of art and politics in a conversation with PopMatters.
Monday, July 9 2012
Democracy in America has always been an uneven and contested terrain. The founding fathers established the government’s system of checks and balances partly as a way to protect the ruling class from the threat of a voting public.
Tuesday, March 27 2012
After over 30 years of creating beautiful noise with Sonic Youth, Ranaldo turns his focus inward and gives us a surprisingly straight up rock record. Here, the legendary indie rock guitarist discusses the interplay in his music between experimentation and accessibility, improvisation and structure, and mainstream acceptance versus the purity of the underground.
Monday, June 24 2013
Best-selling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan discusses her new memoir in a conversation that explores the transformative power of storytelling, the redefinition of family values, and the radical potential of love.
Monday, February 20 2012
Pulitzer Prize winning author Jennifer Egan discusses her unique combination of influences, the role of genre and satire in her work, and the importance of distance in her creative process.
Thursday, June 6 2013
Is Breaking Bad a critique of the devastating potential of frontier masculinity? Or is it itself a masculine fantasy? At this point, it seems that it wants to be both.
Wednesday, April 3 2013
The Other Son peers into the depths of selfhood, asking why we so often forge our identities through opposition and exclusion. But its sensational premise and abrupt resolution detract from the film's hopeful and humanistic intent.
Sunday, March 10 2013
Vampires in the Lemon Grove brings together eight stories of transmutation, transmigration and transgression for a collection that enchants and beguiles throughout.
Sunday, March 3 2013
This provides plenty of nostalgia for ‘90s high school grads whose coming-of-age experiences involved ill-advised drug experimentation, late night viewings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and trading meticulously curated mix-tapes.
Monday, February 18 2013
Set to the backdrop of familiar sets and costumes, with the same fracking space-slang and the same refreshingly diverse casting to reflect a post-racial, post-patriarchal society, the early moments of Blood and Chrome will be fun and nostalgic for fans.
Wednesday, December 12 2012
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of these indie rock stalwarts out of Boise, Idaho. To commemorate the occasion, PopMatters presents this ranking of their albums, from worst to best.