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Stream of (Music) Consciousness
The 'Marshall McLuhan' message borne by the MP3 revolution is clear: music is endlessly plentiful and entirely disposable. So what's the message of streaming? [15.Sep.14]
The Guggenheim's Latin American Survey Reveals Something New Under the Sun
Categorizing the world we live in may be one of the most primal of human appetites.This exhibit challenges how we do that. [12.Sep.14]
The Defiant New Postmodern Tamil Cinema
Fed up with the empty rhetoric of utopian ideology and highfalutin discourse, the new generation of filmmakers take their frustrations out on the grand narratives of Tamil cinema. [12.Sep.14]
Great Sex and No Worries: The Myth of Drug Use
Drugs. We LGBT folk certainly seem to like them. We use them at higher rates than heterosexuals, and we really like to mix them with sex. What a shame they're killing us. [10.Sep.14]
What Happens When an Interactive Horror Experience Figures Out the Fourth Wall?
P.T. has the digital world bleeding out into the real, hands flailing in search of something to hold onto so it can pull itself out of the game and into your living room. [9.Sep.14]
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Kelli Deeth’s characters, at the end of their wits and their youth, take the long, last painful look into their abating past, only to see themselves staring back at a fated future. [8.Sep.14]
As art imitates life, there are parallels between the violence in Laura McBride's We Are Called to Rise and the most recent headlines of violence in America.[5.Sep.14]
Surely even Dirty Harry needs a break from cinematic violence, some time off at Walden Pond. Though I doubt its tranquility would deter him from picking off the sparrows. [28.Aug.14]
However modest in scope, comiXology's new downloads signals the beginning of the end for strict DRM in digital comics -- and it will change how we view comics.[27.Aug.14]
Has country music lost its capacity for brutal, unshakeable loneliness? Or are we just experiencing some calm before the next, inevitable heartache?[25.Aug.14]
The music of the Caucasus is powered by national ardour and ritual. All that's needed is an open and willing audience to accept the undisclosed gifts it brings.[21.Aug.14]
Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron. [20.Aug.14]
The YA crowd is full of articulate, well-read, hungry hyenas. They'll rip my lungs out for this. They'll crucify me. They'll leave my corpse in a ditch.[19.Aug.14]
Why do jazz folks always sound so defensive about the music they love? Why can’t they take a pie in the face from Django Gold?[18.Aug.14]
By Erik Kersting
Despite putting on display both the virtues and vices of man, Dark Souls does not make a judgment call about humanity, but rather leaves that up to the player. [14.Aug.14]
Human rights movements, says Samuel Moyn, have done a poor job protecting and fighting for social and economic rights.[13.Aug.14]
It's common knowledge that the 'best' superhero is the one in cape and cowl. And that's true. It's just not the one you think.[12.Aug.14]
After the best-selling novel La Planète des Singes and the hit film Planet of the Apes, the series found itself in hairy times. How did the saga regain its glory? [11.Aug.14]
As the creative mastermind behind Jethro Tull, Ian Anderson is often considered one of the most distinct musicians of the past 50 years.[8.Aug.14]
By grounding the violence of his barely veiled speculative fiction in the here-and-now, James DeMonaco risks inciting an audience beyond the walls of the cinema.[7.Aug.14]
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