Tuesday, August 25 2015
Scholar Jason C. Bivins thinks through more difficult aspects of the relationships between jazz and American religions, while at the same time examining the permeability of both.
Monday, August 24 2015
How well can one digest murdertainment's darkest elements?
Friday, August 21 2015
Multiple versions of the classic story The World of Suzie Wong offer different takes on a social phenomenon, but can any of them escape the biases of their authors?
Thursday, August 20 2015
The arcade snatched video games from the rarefied spaces of industry and academia, making playing video games into a truly populist pastime.
Wednesday, August 19 2015
Recent televisions shows are focusing attention on the plight of the spouses of gay men and lesbians. But is it enough to make their lives less traumatic?
Tuesday, August 18 2015
The periodical anthology, or comics magazine, allows for a variety of experiments with form that may not otherwise fit into conventional publishing models in the US.
Monday, August 17 2015
24 began sugared-up on gooey clichés of liberty and freedom -- and ended in hypoglycemic shock. Would a new series be worse for our health?
Thursday, August 13 2015
Recent work from a group of young musicians, beautifully represented by the new Supreme Sonacy from Revive Music, makes it cool again to put out jazz that wants to be popular.
Wednesday, August 12 2015
While this show is as funny now as it was when it first aired 20 years ago, the passing of time has given it even greater cultural meaning.
Tuesday, August 11 2015
Kristen Wiig’s genius is that she can generate humor and pathos from the same source, her characters’ pain.
Monday, August 10 2015
Both rockists and poptimists treat music as not much more than a social commodity, a consumerized product within the spectacle of American capitalism.
Friday, August 7 2015
Doris Monteiro, Brazil's "Queen of Radio", offered in 1976 what was perhaps her finest musical declaration with Agora, a now obscure and luxurious treasure of Brazilian pop-delights.
Thursday, August 6 2015
America claimed the atomic bomb ended World War II and saved American lives. Journalist and historian Paul Ham calls that “a pack of lies”.
Wednesday, August 5 2015
Minstrel in the Gallery seems as autobiographical as any Jethro Tull album, before or after, and there is a vulnerability and sensitivity that the songwriter was simply growing into.
Tuesday, August 4 2015
Dale Watson wants to secede from country music and all we can do is hope that this is one rebellion that comes to a happy end.
Monday, August 3 2015
Perhaps what worries Stephen Hawking and his fear mongering colleagues is not some hostile Other like Agent Smith from The Matrix, but the more pedestrian Other that is other people.
Thursday, July 30 2015
A series about making money, airing on CNBC, might seem like an unlikely place for fostering positive values.
Wednesday, July 29 2015
In the dust of long gone video stores ghosts of film geeks past forever roam.
Tuesday, July 28 2015
Superman and Superman II are two of the best films of their kind, but budget and time overruns necessitated a number of changes from the original vision.
Monday, July 27 2015
Bloodborne is not about the horror of knowledge, but the horror of unfettered knowledge.