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The Noir Traveler Returns: The Evolving Sound of Alvarius B.
The Invisible Hands have given us a glimpse of Alvarius B.'s (Alan Bishop) view of the world from the center of Cairo. It's not a happy perspective, but there's a hint of hope. [26.Nov.14]
The Adventures of Two Boys and an Elephant
At its best, Maya serves as a window into an era of kids' adventure series with unusually authentic production values and undercurrents of thoughtful attention to cultural differences. [25.Nov.14]
In Defense Of ... Not Wanting to Hear Your Band Perform a Favorite Album Live
When a band performs its best album at shows, over and over, it's like they're admitting that they'll never achieve that particular level of greatness again. [24.Nov.14]
The Moody Blues: Masters of the Mini Epic
While so many of their progressive rock contemporaries were writing novels in the form of side-long suites, the Moody Blues were masters of the short story. [21.Nov.14]
New Riffs From Jazz Lips: From Eminem to Sun Ra
There's an unending flow of vocal jazz these days, which is a blessing and a curse. Beyond the glut of rehashed standards from 50 years ago, some original work shines. [20.Nov.14]
Recent Columns
By Tara Gupta and Carol Vernallis
If The Great Gatsby is a peep through a keyhole at the dirty underbelly of extreme wealth from a bygone era, Small Apartments kicks the door down and lays bare a grotesque characterization of today’s urban lower middle class.[18.Nov.14]
The prison correspondence of Tolokonnikova and Zizek might not change the world, but it ought to be required reading for those with such aspirations.[17.Nov.14]
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI.[14.Nov.14]
This rollicking look at the intersection of heavy metal music and Canadian identity reveals some interesting connections, and raises some important questions, too. [13.Nov.14]
The remarkable author of How to Build a Girl wasn’t seeking controversy; she just wanted to change the world.[12.Nov.14]
Executive producer Bob Brush and actor Dan Lauria ruminate on The Wonder Years timeless nostalgia.[11.Nov.14]
GeekGirlCon may not be a "comic-con", but it has helped to bring about positive change in comics culture.[10.Nov.14]
By Seth M. Walker
Ostensibly a silly, raunchy cartoon sitcom, Netflix's BoJack Horseman actually raises some significant existential questions.[6.Nov.14]
By Colin Fleming
M. R. James preferred to internalize horror so that the victim had the grotesqueries playing out in his heart and head, rather than in the cemetery across the way. [5.Nov.14]
What does Tom Petty think of Cylons? What does the Polar Bear from LOST know about CPR? Why does everyone think this author is a produce clerk?[4.Nov.14]
By Kim Kankiewicz
The preternaturally smart heroine of Angela Lansbury's Murder, She Wrote sets a positive example for how writers have to promote themselves in our Twitter-centric world.[3.Nov.14]
While Hollywood horror thrives on the anxieties over the persistence of evil, emanating from a malevolent source, Tamil horror films deal with the prevalence of social injustice.[31.Oct.14]
Here are a few little games to put you in the spirit of the spooky season. How you will come out of the other side is up to you.[30.Oct.14]
Haunted houses. Extreme haunts. Big scares. Big money. Maybe even big health benefits (when used with caution, of course). Step inside, if you dare.[30.Oct.14]
The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes.[27.Oct.14]
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