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by PopMatters Staff

28 Oct 2015

PopMatters (est. 1999) is a respected source for smart long-form reading on a wide range of topics in culture. PopMatters serves as a bridge between academia and popular culture. Thus, our articles are written in an engaging style that is both entertaining and erudite, yet free of stiff and cloistered academic language, and of course, far removed from the novice, the hype and the naiveté that crowds online media.

PopMatters articles appeal to cultural omnivores, historians, pop culture enthusiasts and intellectuals and geeks of many stripes. Our essayists approach their subjects with a strong respect for and knowledge of history—and with an eye toward where they think we may be heading next.

Feature essays are a minimum of 1,200 words, and there is no maximum limit, so long as the essay warrants the length. You may pitch a single essay, or a series of articles. We’d love to hear your ideas.

by Dawn Eyestone

19 Oct 2015

Is role playing  a queer character akin to black-face performance? Or is it something different?

Commander Shepard (and friend) from Mass Effect 3

Deadline for essay pitches: extended to Friday, December 4th Saturday, November 14th

Deadline for final essay: extended to Friday, January 8th Saturday, December 12th

Submit your pitches to: PopMatters’ Features Editor Dawn Eyestone, eyestone(at)

Email subject line: PopMatters / Queer RPGs

by Dawn Eyestone

27 Aug 2015

Which is better , Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

Deadline for essay pitches: Saturday September 11th

Deadline for final essay: Monday, September 28th

Submit your pitches to: PopMatters’ Features Editor Dawn Eyestone eyestone(at)

Email subject line: PopMatters / Auto-Tune

Auto-Tune, that now ubiquitous technology, got its less than humble beginning with Cher’s “Believe”.

Which is better, Cher’s voice before or after Auto-Tune?

But that’s just a rhetorical question, really.

by PopMatters Staff

20 Aug 2015

PopMatters is looking for smart music writers.

We’re looking for talented writers with deep genre knowledge of music and its present and past alongside a cultural generalist perspective with strong interests in many areas of culture.



Regular CD reviews run 500-700 words and display a knowledge of music history and real genre expertise, rather than simply “I like this” or “I hate that”. They should employ a smart look at the music within its larger cultural contexts. Capsule reviews run between 100-150 words.

by Dawn Eyestone

6 Aug 2015

Without Ray Harryhausen ’s monstrous inspirations, would so many films we love to fear have been as terrifying?

Deadline for essay pitches: Friday, September 11th
First drafts: Friday October 23rd
Final essay: Friday, November 13th
Submit your pitches to: PopMatters’ editor Dawn Eyestone [email protected]; cc: [email protected]
Email subject line: Harryhausen SFX Legacy

Although filmmaker and special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen officially retired from feature filmmaking in the ‘80s, his legacy continues on the set of B-movie films and Hollywood blockbusters alike. Even filmgoers who’ve never heard of Harryhausen are likely familiar with his film techniques and might recognize one or two of his creations. Without Harryhausen’s creatures in Clash of the Titans, film geeks everywhere would be without the battle cry “Release the Kraken!” Without Harryhausen’s development of stop-motion filming, how would George Lucas have made Luke Skywalker run across a frozen wasteland on the back of a fictitious Tauntaun? Without Harryhausen’s monstrous inspiration, would Spielberg’s Jaws have been as terrifying?

//Mixed media

Marina and the Diamonds Wrap Up U.S. Tour at Terminal 5 (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"Marina's star shines bright and her iridescent pop shines brighter. Froot is her most solid album yet. Her tour continues into the new year throughout Europe.

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