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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]
Jonas Åkerlund's Take on Upwardly Immobile Lowlifes in Los Angeles
By PopMatters Staff
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]
Pussy Riot Is a Mask: The Prison Letters of Nadya Tolokonnikova and Slavoj Zizek
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]
'World War One: The Centenary Collection' Remembers, But Does Not Memorialize, the War
Rather than recapitulating the faux sentiment of veterans' poppies, BBC's Centenary Collection gives viewers a chance to really understand WWI. [14.Nov.14]
Recent Columns
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]
Lenny Bruce made the stage his pulpit, the audience his parishioners, and stand-up the sermons for his alternative secular faith.[24.Oct.14]
What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman?[23.Oct.14]
Every few years there's a new batch of funny faces making the rounds on Britain's television panel shows. Here are a few faces worth watching.[22.Oct.14]
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