Tuesday, May 3 2016
In Madonna's bizarre one-off concert in Australia, she proved that she's still willing to push the envelope with a bold artistic statement. But what exactly was she saying?
Monday, May 2 2016
The system of media and journalism on which our democracy relies is under threat. French economist Julia Cage surveys the scale of the crisis and proposes a unique solution.
Friday, April 29 2016
Many of Eco's observations read true in our hyperkinetic era of the Internet, the experience economy, the Disneyfication of entertainment, and the mega blockbuster.
Thursday, April 28 2016
From the importance (or not) of the comic book movies to films with avant-garde concepts, some beautiful, some unbearable.
Wednesday, April 27 2016
Within our bodies, single-celled organisms outnumber cells that we identify as human DNA ten to one. We're merely a colony within a colony within a colony.
Tuesday, April 26 2016
Like The Hunger Games? There are a lot of similar books that you'll love. Think The Hunger Games stories are a rip off? Read on; the same applies.
Monday, April 25 2016
Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.
Friday, April 22 2016
Funny, sorrowful, quietly subversive, and a film nerd’s wet dream, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning play mines humour and pathos.
Thursday, April 21 2016
New York Times film critic A.O. Scott defends his craft in a thought-provoking book, even as he gets attacked by the very industry he critiques.
Wednesday, April 20 2016
Vonnegut's timeless stories challenge the assumptions, institutions, and ideologies that so delimit critical thinking and open-mindedness.
Tuesday, April 19 2016
Behm turns the detective novel first on its head and then sideways before shot-putting it across a terrain of Żuławskian terror; its film adaptation is an equally nerve-wracking descent into oedipal destruction.
Friday, April 15 2016
Hardcore Henry questions gamers' instinctual need to fulfill a particular role within the context of a presumed masculine identity.
It's time to move toward an open-source model for literary and creative production, argues Illegal Literature, a provocative new challenge to traditional copyright models.
Thursday, April 14 2016
One should approach this collection not unlike how Walter Benjamin approached collecting books: ".... not as dry, isolated facts, but as a harmonious whole..."
Knifeworld mastermind Kavus Torabi discusses the positive rewiring effects of LSD, Gong's late Daevid Allen, and Knifeworld's newest, Bottled Out of Eden.
Tuesday, April 12 2016
An exploration of lifestyle branding for the coming environmental apocalypse.
Monday, April 11 2016
Baz Luhrmann's films are not subtle. So why do I like Romeo + Juliet so much?
Couple Mechanics is a suspenseful, moving drama about marriage, resilience, and the misogyny of faux feminist men.
Friday, April 8 2016
While United 93 was released "too soon" for viewers' comfort, a mix of critically derided films and critically acclaimed series continue to depict the age of terror.
Thursday, April 7 2016
In this game we consumers are reduced to plastic playthings, happy to be fingered. This and other thoughts on American culture.