Articles tagged essays, travel, memoirs, photography, criticism

The ‘Ol Crotchety One Kicks It Transatlantic Style

PopMatters sends its weekly culture columnist abroad, with hopefully a one-way ticket.

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Looking for the Lost: Memoirs of a Vanishing Japan

With its narrow streets and dark and hidden infoldings, there’s a distinctly feminine, mysterious, and inexplicably magnetic aspect to Japan that exists in few other places in the world.

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Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life by Michael Greenberg

Greenberg's New York lives and breathes (and sometimes stinks) like a larger than life hero.

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Art Portraiture and Photography in Six Feet Under

An examination of Claire's portraiture in Six Feet Under.

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25 May 2009 // 10:00 PM

Hella Nation by Evan Wright

Wright’s gift is his ability to trace a story through time and weave together a piece that is chilling in both subtlety and revelation.

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19 May 2009 // 9:59 PM

Reality TV by Susan Murray, Laurie Ouellette

Those who fail to meet the American dream or moral code, whether it’s remodeling the house, winning the contest, or getting the man, are authors of their own demise.

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For an artistic medium that focuses heavily on mimicking real life activities, video games still have a few activities that they still seem to struggle

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In Cod We Trust & Magic Bus

Where else in the world can one find a town called Hell, a German U-Boat-turned-bowling alley, and Vinmonopolet, government-run wine and liquor stores?

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Radio Silence by Nathan Nedorostek & Anthony Pappalardo

A communal spirit shines throughout, with snaps of bands looking 'ordinary' for publicity shots and doing gigs directly in front of their audience, not looming down from a stage.

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Dispatches from the Religious Left by Frederick Clarkson (ed)

Losing the religious element in the discussions limits the power of this practical introduction to the affairs of the Religious Left.

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Skins & Punks by Gavin Watson

There’s a sense of probity that accompanies the photo taken in 1989 after Watson and his friends take ecstasy and go to their first rave.

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20 shows in 20 Days: More Than Just a Live Music Experiment

A music fan puts his love for live music to the test.

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Does Video Game Criticism Need a Lester Bangs?

Part of the reason Lester Bangs was a great rock critic was because he reflected the virtues and vices of his medium. Yet as a critic Bangs provided a lot of personal standards that could be easily applied to multiple mediums.

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Eat, Memory by Amanda Hesser

When Heidi Julavits shares her longing for "a trashy American sweet" while teaching English in Japan, I recall how my teeth literally ached for crusty bread during six rice-ridden months in China.

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18 Nov 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Way We Will Be 50 Years from Today, by Mike Wallace

As it becomes clear, 'we' means middle class and broadly conservative Americans; and by 'the world' Wallace evidently means the United World of America.

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Growing Up Asian in Australia by Alice Pung

Anyone who has been bullied or excluded or felt that their family is weird will identify with many of these stories.

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22 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

Is it wrong to be a little bit uneasy about the use of Metacritic as part of the criteria with which to cleanse Xbox Live?

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20 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

Rightward Bound by Bruce J. Schulman, Julian E. Zelizer (Editors)

Jacobs writes that the [1973-74 energy] crisis ultimately taught “conservative reformers a valuable lesson: fighting liberalism is hard”.

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National Gallery exhibit focuses on early photographic technique

“92nd Gordon Highlanders at Edinburgh Castle” (1846) WASHINGTON - How much would you pay for a photographic print of a special foreign destination? Ten dollars, maybe $20?

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25 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Living Blue in the Red States by David Starkey

The best of these essays acknowledge the false dichotomy of red and blue, confront personal biases, and outline the disillusionment of the left at both the right and itself.

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