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When the Man in Black Went to Bat for Native America
A recasting of Johnny Cash's most controversial album, Bitter Tears, raises questions about the inclusiveness of American music. [31.Jul.14]
The Assassins' Propaganda
Black Flag isn’t interested in breaking the world into two opposing ideologies. It’s interested in how those ideologies sell themselves to a broken world. [30.Jul.14]
Living and Dying for Silent Film
Home video companies such as Kino Lorber, the Criterion Collection, and Flicker Alley have been instrumental in meeting the changing methods of distributing silent film. [29.Jul.14]
'Shutter', 'Saga' and 'The Private Eye' Showcase the Best of What Comics Can Do
The best creators will find ways to make the best use of whatever medium they are working in. [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]
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