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Thursday, February 12 2015

Has America Turned Into a Spoof of Itself?

Did postmodernism kill literary satire? I’ve been wondering about this in the wake of the terror attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, known for its caricatures of the prophet Muhammad; one appears on the cover of the first issue after the attack, brandishing a placard that declares “Je suis Charlie” while shedding a tear.


Wednesday, October 22 2014

The Power of the Reader in ‘A History of Reading’

Alberto Manguel takes a thematic rather than linear approach to a history of reading, offering an entertaining and impassioned account of reading practices and readers' agency.


Wednesday, September 24 2014

The Future Is Now, and It Is Odd: A Retrospective on Hip-hop in the ‘00s

The historical unfolding of hip-hop bears a strong similarity to that of literature. With that lineage in mind, it's easy to see why the '00s found hip-hop taking on its postmodern stage.


Monday, March 3 2014

Adam Phillips’ ‘Missing Out’ Offers Pearls of Wisdom in a Sea of Disappointment

Part Shakespearean analysis, part cultural anthropology, part literary criticism and part psychoanalysis, Missing Out is a compendium of insights and musings about our desire to be more than we are.


Wednesday, January 9 2013

Movie Time Travel and the New Nostalgia

The new nostalgia signals the ultimate rejection of millennial anxiety, postmodernism, irony and the future. It longs for a post-industrial, green world. Of course, that suggests a vague and painful longing for something that never was.


Thursday, October 27 2011

‘1Q84’: A World that Bears a Question

Huraki Murakami is stretching himself to create a sort of hybrid between his humourous and off-beat slipstream novels and the aching and yearning of romance that permeates his more mainstream stuff.


Monday, October 3 2011

“Red Hood & the Outlaws” is Editor’s Choice of DC’s New 52

Red Hood & the Outlaws is the pick of DC's relaunch. Here's why.


Sunday, September 26 2010

Masters of the Universe: Oliver Stone’s ‘Wall Street’

In his desire to trump his upper crust "superiors", Gekko's personal ethic could be read as a perverted, ultimately hypocritical form of populist revolt.


Wednesday, February 24 2010

The Soul At Work: From Alienation to Autonomy by Franco “Bifo” Berardi

This is dazzling, Rubik’s Cube-like prose, with slowly twisting neologisms and bits of theory coming together in creative ways.


Friday, October 9 2009

White Noise in the Kitchen Supplies Aisle

Postmodernism in the 21st Century: Coming Soon to a Grocery Store Near You!


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