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In Defense Of ... A Second Season for 'Halt and Catch Fire'
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]
Arguable Merits: Young Adult Fiction and Its Rabid Discontents
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]
The Sonny Rollins / 'New Yorker' Controversy and Jazz's Image Problem
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]
From Nietzsche to Hegel: Perspectives on Humanity in 'Dark Souls'
By PopMatters Staff
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]
Everything You Think You Know About Human Rights Is Wrong
Human rights movements, says Samuel Moyn, have done a poor job protecting and fighting for social and economic rights. [13.Aug.14]
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