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The Deconstruction and Destruction of a Hero
Shadow of the Colossus begins as a game about a hero rescuing a princess, but by the end, there are no heroes and there are no princesses. [1.Apr.15]
What's Not to Love About the Trombone?
There was a time when jazz trombonists like Glenn Miller were mega-stars. Not so today, but talents like those of Ryan Keberle and Joe Fiedler make the case that they should be. [31.Mar.15]
Contemplations on the Nature of Truth: True Crime, 'True Detective', & 'Serial' Obsessions
True Detective and Serial mark our society’s preoccupation with all things illegal, especially when they end in murder. [30.Mar.15]
How to Use the Media
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Don’t just sit there looking at your computer (or tablet, or phone). Engage! [27.Mar.15]
The Artist Is Not Present: The Significance of Sia's Anti-Pop Persona
For once, a pop artist has rejected the idea of stardom, and as a result, has become one of the world’s most discussed pop stars. [26.Mar.15]
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