Columns

Sunday, June 1 2008

I Me Mine!

If, as Sir Tim Berners-Lee suggests, the Web is still a drooling, id-driven baby that wallows in its own (proverbial) feces, it makes sense that we continue to be mired in its arrested development.


Thursday, May 29 2008

Hurray for Hype

Enjoying popular culture is necessarily a social experience; hype supplies the ground rules.


Wednesday, May 28 2008

Tangled Up in Blue Note

"Blue Note" means there's a certain sound to a record, a style that is tight and sharp and funky but also adventurous. If jazz is music to shout about, Blue Note records may be the most shout-worthy of all time.


Tuesday, May 27 2008

Surton Girls

The girls collected in Surton's photographs evoke butterflies pinned to a board in the dusty attic of a lonely lepidopterist.


Monday, May 26 2008

I’m With the Band

When I started writing about music, I didn't realize that it would mean I'd become "the enemy". So though writing brought me closer to music and the people who make it, it also took me further away.


Thursday, May 22 2008

Dead But Not Buried or, When the ‘90s Took a ‘60s Turn

The post-Dead and post-Zappa bands of the '90s sought to subvert the prevailing trends towards crass commercialism, individual greed, and phony superficiality.


Wednesday, May 21 2008

New Testament Versus Old

It's a hard road, as a fella named John Osbourne once sang, but the respect that Testament has gained over more than two decades of personal and creative ups and downs is well earned.


Tuesday, May 20 2008

The Stars of Track and Screen

People who love sports love sports stars turned actors far more than we love actors playing sports stars.


Monday, May 19 2008

Living the Dream: The Life Before Her Eyes

Kaisischke's grotesque images of the natural world remind me of Sylvia Plath. She is a master of highlighting the splendor and tragedy working side-by-side in everyday life.


Sunday, May 18 2008

Zen and the Art of Cramming

You will highlight and underline, memorize and prioritize. And you will not blink.


Thursday, May 15 2008

Mama Said Knock You Out: Hip-Hop & the Family Unit

There are four hip-hop rules for families. One: Fathers, take care of your children and their mothers. Two: Don't talk about other people's mamas. Three: Be good to your own mother. Four: Repeat as necessary.


Wednesday, May 14 2008

The People at the Airport Took it Well

Gay visibility on TV may have increased significantly in the last three decades, but consigned to secondary roles on network shows, the impact of that visibility is weakened.


Tuesday, May 13 2008

A ‘Loving’ Memorial

Mildred Dolores Loving was one of those quiet American heroes who changed the course of US history.


Monday, May 12 2008

The Demise of Horror Culture?

While the horror classics of 1968 may have indeed revitalized the genre, few today are aware of these movies' impact on the canon...if they acknowledge them at all.


Sunday, May 11 2008

Three Nights in France

Beres hits Paris and Bourges to take in the eclectic sounds of Transglobal Underground, Les Primitifs du Futur, Watcha Clan, and Fat Freddy's Drop, and gets pulled into the "sacred space" that solders the connection between sound and human.


Thursday, May 8 2008

Godzilla: The Biggest Blockbuster

This summer's blockbusters got nothin' over the biggest, beastiest blockbuster of all...


Wednesday, May 7 2008

Vote for the Prettiest

US presidential elections are suspiciously like high school popularity contests, er, elections -- it's not who you know, it's who knows you.


Tuesday, May 6 2008

Cultural Meanings in America Make Benefit Glorious Bank Accounts of Creationists

Is Ben Stein taking a page from Michael Moore? No, from Borat is more like it.


Monday, May 5 2008

E-mails from the Dead

Like a cyber séance, of sorts, these Internet services have become a means for the dead to speak to the living.


Sunday, May 4 2008

When They’re 65…

What will some of today's most well-known hip-hop artists be doing in 2035? Maybe they won't be running the music world, but they'll probably be doing something beyond applying Fixodent to their grills.


//Mixed media
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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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