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Cinema Sabbath: On 'Heavy Metal Movies'
If metal is music’s loudest voice against oppression, then surely Mike "McBeardo" McPadden's is the loudest for obsession. [28.Jul.14]
Are Karl Marx and Adam Smith as Inviolable as Atoms or DNA?
Utopia or Bust is only a book about utopia if you believe Marxism, in its purest and most evolved form, is a utopian answer to the ills of capitalism. [28.Jul.14]
On Those Who Must Work as Whores, and Those Who Can Afford to Just Play at It
The debate about sex work is usually about the spectacle that accompanies “sex”, rather than about the sex workers and the work of sex. That needs to change. [25.Jul.14]
The Who's Pomp and Bombast, Egos and Flaws
The Who FAQ brings some entertaining insight into who the hell those guys are. [24.Jul.14]
'Song of the Shank' Celebrates a Unique American Musician
By Hector Tobar
This feels like an exercise in deep thought and immersion in "Blind Tom’s" uniquely bizarre experience and the cruel history he was forced to live. [24.Jul.14]
Reviews
If metal is music’s loudest voice against oppression, then surely Mike "McBeardo" McPadden's is the loudest for obsession. [28.Jul.14]
Utopia or Bust is only a book about utopia if you believe Marxism, in its purest and most evolved form, is a utopian answer to the ills of capitalism. [27.Jul.14]
The Who FAQ brings some entertaining insight into who the hell those guys are. [24.Jul.14]
This novel plays hopscotch with different genres, and that’s part of its appeal. [23.Jul.14]
The mud, rain, smoke, fog, and excrement that abounded meant whatever one's rank, the weather and the smells took their toll on one's health, one's clothing, and one's nerves. [22.Jul.14]
Exhaustive and thorough, Hisham D. Aidi's study on the Islamic influences in contemporary music is alternately informative and alienating. [20.Jul.14]
There are no futuristic weapons or strange beasts in Tarzan: In the City of Gold. With Tarzan, it's just the specter of colonialism and dated views on race. [17.Jul.14]
David Bromwich's Moral Imagination Is an exploration of the relationship between the America national consciousness and political discourse. [17.Jul.14]
News
Features
By Nelson George
Soul Train boldly went where no show had gone before, showcasing young African Americans and the fashions and music that defined their lives: R&B, funk, jazz, disco, and gospel. [17.Jul.14]
Sexual rights in America remain both provisional and cynical; we know everyone should have them, but we are beholden to cowardly, outmoded, theocratic institutions that are fearful of egalitarianism. [13.Jul.14]
Columns
Re:Print
The debate about sex work is usually about the spectacle that accompanies “sex”, rather than about the sex workers and the work of sex. That needs to change. [24.Jul.14]
Out of Pocket
Young Adult literature is not just for kids, and it fills an important niche left vacant by much of contemporary "adult" fiction. [07.Jul.14]
From The Blogs
By Shyam K. Sriram
A splendid collection of tales of Southerners traveling abroad and children of immigrants living in the South and reflecting on their heritage. [20.Jul.14]
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