Sunday, September 30 2007

The Affectionate Parodies and Ironic Diss-Positions of Ween

Shock-humor abounds across Ween’s work, and dumb infantilism is worn as a badge of honor.

Can’t You Read the Signs?

Cars, guns, values, the US Constitution... like a yellow traffic light, their meaning and importance, relative to oneself, is open to interpretation.

Thursday, September 27 2007

On Being Savage

In today's world, in which most native people live not in forests or on islands but in cities, savagery has become a state of mind more than anything else. Perhaps a little 'savagery' would be good for modern civilization.

Watch That Whale

If whales were into human-watching, would they watch even while we butchered each other? Do whales have hope for the human species?

Wednesday, September 26 2007

When They Were Fab

The phenomenal success of the British Invasion led to a stampede of record labels trying to promote bands that could cash in on Beatlemania. Pop Gear shows over 15 bands, attempting to lip synch their way to stardom. The result is surprisingly touching and loaded with kitschy, camp fun.

Tuesday, September 25 2007

One Hit Wonder - The Stone Reader

A favored book from one's past. An elusive author who seemingly never wrote anything since. Sounds like the components for a fascinating documentary? You'd be right.

Monday, September 24 2007

Schlock Jock: The Selling of a Quarterback

From the first time I saw him at Tennessee, I had a sinking feeling that this bright star, Peyton Manning, would soon be selling me stuff I had no use for.

Sunday, September 23 2007

Passport to the Future

Once you get past the initial groove that Manu Chao lays, and become accustomed to his fast-paced nature, you recognize a passionate soul as devoted to music as he is to political and social justice.

Dinners of the Damned

Thanks to Dead Man Eating, I now know that most states actually offer you your “special meal” a couple of days before your execution date, when you’ve still got enough of an appetite to enjoy it.

Thursday, September 20 2007

The Cradle Will Rock

While my wife sings sea chantys to our baby, I'm finding plenty of dark, tranquil passages from Bruce Springsteen to help her sleep. Beats tales of the Black Death, miscarriages, and executions found in traditional nursery rhymes.

Wednesday, September 19 2007

Swept off My Feet by “Newcomer” James Carney

Current musicians like Brad Mehldau or Greg Osby are the equivalents of Albert Pujols or Mariano Rivera: future legends that walk among us today. Now you're on notice: James Carney may just be a master in the making.

Tuesday, September 18 2007

The Search for Food that Never Lies

For his book, Southern Belly, John T. Edge, a native of Georgia, traveled through 12 states, visiting restaurant and cafés throughout his journey and compiling descriptions of over 200 recommended venues.

Monday, September 17 2007

During the Deluge

A crowd of bideshi (foreign kin) stood on the roof and watched Star Kebab burn, and the riot squad shamble in, and the sky fill with black-blue smoke.

Sunday, September 16 2007

Mass-Debating: A Better Method

A Presidential Spelling Bee is the perfect forum for a pre-primary debate. Which candidate can overcome a grueling series of 11-letter words and be crowned the champion, and which will insist there are two 'u's in nuclear?

Thursday, September 13 2007

Beware the Kraken from the Deep

Giant eyes, rows of large teeth, and emitting a nasty stench, amorphous, ugly, enormous, and ravenously hungry, the kraken is the perfect antagonist, and makes many appearances in film and literature.

Wednesday, September 12 2007

Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are - Whether You Want to or Not

The decision to come out is a personal one, except when your words and actions forfeit your right to a closeted life.

Tuesday, September 11 2007

Come fa ridere: The Geography of Italian Humor

No kidding, Italians are notorious for their regional rivalries, even when it comes to humor.

Monday, September 10 2007

Many Happy Returns

A little personal, not to mention disturbingly vivid, is par for the course for Today is the Day's music, but when Steve Austin's music is as strong and eclectic as this stack of five discs is, we’ll take anything he’s willing to toss our way.

Sunday, September 9 2007

From Boogie Down to Tinseltown

Rappers in showbiz: Did hip-hop land on Hollywood or did Hollywood land on us? For those in 'the land', some of the 4,079 hip-hop laws of crossing-over.

Thursday, September 6 2007

The Tyranny of Numbers

Intelligence quotients, consumer confidence indexes, coin-operated love meters -- the ways we attempt to make numbers out of our states of being are limited only by the different states of being we're capable of experiencing.

//Mixed media

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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