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Roth Appreciation

Philip Roth missed out on the Nobel Prize for Literature this year. Instead, he received a different prize, but one he considered near as worthy. The intersection of Keer and Summit Avenues in Newark, New Jersey, the setting for many of Roth's novels, including sections of his latest, The Plot Against America, was renamed Philip Roth Plaza. A man of time and place such as Roth couldn't ask for a better honor.

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1 Jul 2005 // 12:00 AM

American Idolatry

In the crossfire prattle about American Idol, much of the focus has stagnated on the “suck” or “doesn’t suck” divide, a dead end debate

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Introduction by Justin Cober-Lake - PopMatters writers take a look at the new technology and techniques designed to prevent you from copying the music on your CDs. Is it fair? Is it right?

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The Wave Finally Broke: A Tribute to Hunter S. Thompson

Dead at 67 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Hunter S. Thompson leaves behind a legacy of truth — or the desire, at least, to tell it. Hard and often. PopMatters writers dip their collective hats to the man who, in most cases, brought them here.

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As always, the past year’s media output covered a wide range—in quality, subject matter, and effect. It’s heartening to think that media

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That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 100. What you have before you is our mammoth list of 100 of the best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

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Five Years of PopMatters: Introduction

PopMatters looks back over the last five years and reflects on where we started, where we've been, and how far we've come. We're also presenting a list of Editors' Picks from each section of the site -- pieces collected from five years of the sharp, incisive writing that has been the hallmark of the PopMatters standard.

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PopMatters is pleased to bring you These Times/This Place: a collection of essays from various parts of the globe devoted to what the world looks like from this time, in that place, where each writer is standing.

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7 May 2004 // 1:00 AM

Godzilla has changed. At 50, he is no longer the hulking, pea-brained brute we thought. Our writers contemplate his transition from bringer of Armageddon to bringer of agathon, a fierce and ironic comfort to children who sense that theirs is a dangerous world.

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20 Mar 2004 // 12:00 AM

The annual independent music and film festival is back, and PopMatters gives you day-by-day coverage of the good, the bad, and the best-be-forgotten moments.

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17 Dec 2003 // 1:00 AM

That favorite rite of passage for all music critics is here again . . . the annual top 10 lists, or in this case top 50. As in years past, we have top 10s from the whole crew of regular PopMatters music writers, but this year we're adding a twist. What you have before you is our mammoth list of the 50 best records of the year as voted on by our entire music staff.

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Bowling for Columbine Far From Heaven Talk to Her Alias The year’s media output was huge. Big effects, big budgets, big egos, big predictions,

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26 Dec 2002 // 9:00 PM

Joe Strummer 1952-2002

The passing of Clash legend Joe Strummer hit harder than the deaths of most musicians.  Strummer was in many ways the voice of a

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16 Dec 2002 // 1:03 AM

Following several less than stellar musical years, 2002 shaped up to be the best year for new music since 1997. Hip-hop was vastly reinvigorated by ambitious and

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When catastrophic events happen, U.S. tv gives up advertising dollars for two days, irony dies, and mass-media folks start saying that they will rethink

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Best Music of 2001 Lists PopMatters writers Sarah Zupko Andrew Gilstrap Devon Powers Patrick Schabe Cynthia Fuchs James Beaudreau Maurice Bottomley Matt Cibula S. Renee Dechert

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I’ve heard it more than once — the year was terrible for movies and TV, epitomized by the ascension of Survivor and Regis, the return

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After two relatively weak years with few truly great albums, 2000 was a major rebound year. The Billboard 200 charts in the US were littered with plenty

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“So much on my mind, I just can’t recline.” Mos Def has that right: there’s too much visual and other media stuff out

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