Thursday, March 26 2009
In a sense, panic is an imprecise word to describe the emotion of financial crashes; paranoia better suits.
Tuesday, March 24 2009
If you want a peek inside America's royal family, this is a must-read, with details that only Boston Globe reporters could know.
Thursday, March 5 2009
Sontag's journals suggest that the self is a conditional and transitory creation; elusive and slippery as an artful lover who wants to be a writer.
Wednesday, February 25 2009
Anyone who has witnessed affirmative action policies in play can tell you that bad apples are chosen to fulfill a quota, not unlike a cop who harasses every citizen who bears a vague resemblance to a wanted suspect.
Thursday, December 18 2008
Molecular gastronomy? Check. Locavores? Check. Post-Katrina restaurant recovery? Cloned meat? Paeans to the wonders of pig? Check, check, check.
Monday, December 15 2008
In1933 Gernsback published a pseudo-intellectual, pseudo-scientific magazine devoted to sex and all its mysteries, vagaries, varieties -- not to mention all its anxieties.
Monday, December 1 2008
Ginsberg was hyperaware of the frequent charge that Beat poetry was little more than improvised mumbo jumbo baked from jazz records and marijuana smoke.
Monday, September 22 2008
Flannery O'Conner's hauntingly gothic South meets the modern American search for meaning in yet another superb edition of this series.
Monday, August 25 2008
These art forms are so commonplace in popular culture that it is easy for the general public to take advantage of what actually went into creating them.
Sunday, August 10 2008
Pop music may still travel in revolutions, but not along a fixed course maintaining an even degree of distance from its point of origin. Like a moon intolerant of its gravitation pull, each cycle drifts us further and further from the cycle before it.