Columns

Monday, June 4 2007

Billy Jack, the Original Blockbuster

Through the era-defining "Billy Jack" character, director Tom Laughlin pushed the outlandish, over-the-top event movie into the motion picture mainstream.


Sunday, June 3 2007

The Fall of Foos

Though it is an endangered spectacle in today's taverns, foosball was once king among bar games, attracting hustlers and spawning tournaments that paid out hundreds of thousands in prize winnings.


Shit Happens

No-one wants to talk seriously about toilets. Poke around in the hidden corners of The Poop Report, and you’ll come to see there's a lot more to it than tales about the trots.


Thursday, May 31 2007

Boris, We Hardly Knew Ye

With the former Russian president's passing, Thompson recounts his visits to Yeltsin's Russia, and recalls what his Russian friends thought of Boris Yeltsin.


Mixed Messages

I want the music I love to speak for me, but I can't control what it's going to say.


Wednesday, May 30 2007

The Evolution of Vintage

One of the glaring paradoxes of technological evolution is its ability to reconnect us to history. And if we know anything about human nature, it's that as we step into the future, we always look back.


Tuesday, May 29 2007

Tom Zé: Brazilian Music Machine

Tom Zé, the tough sertanejo, should not be crossed. Eventually he will have his way.


Monday, May 28 2007

Tonight’s Episode: Psycho Cross-Dressing Killers

The history of TV is lacking GLBT characters. But on which shows should they have appeared? If ever someone needed a friend that was a tool-toting lesbian, for example, it was Lucy Ricardo.


Thursday, May 24 2007

Little Punk Babies

As Evelyn McDonnell's new book illustrates, motherhood should be neither something done on the side, nor something that pushes everything else away, and it's that balance that our culture and government can be striving for.


American Family Vacation

Roller coasters are fun, vacations are fun, and parks are fun. So why are vacations at roller coaster parks no longer any fun?


Wednesday, May 23 2007

Dr. Dhaka’s Lonely Hearts Club

For the Bengalis, dating and marriage are integrally intertwined with familial love. For a single female visitor, a creative spin on extended family relations helps with the curious doorman.


Tuesday, May 22 2007

Hearts of Lions

The 1997 British & Irish Lions and the greatest sports movie of all time.


Monday, May 21 2007

Playing Pop in the Jazz/Soul Shadow

Layman shares Thai food with the band, and discusses the wonderfully uncategorizable music of The Jen Chapin Trio.


Sunday, May 20 2007

Dreams, Nightmares, and Sonata Arctica

'We are not too old yet to renew ourselves; we can use our imaginations.' Begrand talks with Sonata Arctica's Tony Kakko about eclecticism, dreams, Queen, wolves, and his band's ambitious new album, Unia.


Thursday, May 17 2007

Disposable Personality

We've grown accustomed to the planned obsolescence of our products; we assuage the continual threat of obsolescence of our personalities by continually changing, refreshing ourselves like an email inbox.


Wednesday, May 16 2007

The Scorecard

There isn't a scorecard of social injustice that makes one group more worthy of equality than others.


Tuesday, May 15 2007

The Unseen Masters of Horror

Fright fans love to praise the visionary efforts of their favorite horror directors. But behind every great terror auteur is usually an unsung macabre master.


Monday, May 14 2007

A Moral Pornographer?

Can pornographic literature impart a lesson in morality? Author Tamara Faith Berger believes it can.


Sunday, May 13 2007

Navigating America with the Help of Don Imus

OpStar: part talk radio / part OnStar vehicle guidance system for those who are easily confused by the squiggly red and blue lines on paper maps.


Thursday, May 10 2007

Rap’s Righteous Rhyme-Fighter

If Raymond 'Boots' Riley -- frontman for Oakland, California's the Coup -- is rap's most political practitioner, he may well also be one of its most expressive humorists.


//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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