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Robert Alford

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.


Features

Tuesday, April 23 2013

An Awesome Guy!: An Interview with Dallas Clayton

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

"I'm Authentically Getting My Freak On": An Interview with Jamie Lidell

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

Dancing to the Revolution: An Interview with Laetitia Sadier

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

The Past, Present and Future of a Movement: 'The Occupy Handbook'

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

In My Own Space: A Conversation with Lee Ranaldo

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.


Columns

Monday, June 24 2013

'It Begins and Ends With Love': A Conversation with Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan

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

Celebrating the Possibilities of Fiction: A Conversation with Jennifer Egan

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.


Reviews

Thursday, June 6 2013

Frontier Masculinity and Desert Symbolism in 'Breaking Bad: The Fifth Season'

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 Wall That Divides: 'The Other Son'

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' Collapses Boundaries of Genre and Human Possibility

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

Stephen Chbosky's Love Letter to the '90s: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

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

Intergalactic War-Porn: 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome'

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.


Blogs

Wednesday, December 12 2012

Perfect Twenty Years On: Ranking the Built to Spill Records

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.


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