Sunday, June 1 2008
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
Enjoying popular culture is necessarily a social experience; hype supplies the ground rules.
Wednesday, May 28 2008
"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
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
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
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
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
People who love sports love sports stars turned actors far more than we love actors playing sports stars.
Monday, May 19 2008
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
You will highlight and underline, memorize and prioritize. And you will not blink.
Thursday, May 15 2008
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
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
Mildred Dolores Loving was one of those quiet American heroes who changed the course of US history.
Monday, May 12 2008
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
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
This summer's blockbusters got nothin' over the biggest, beastiest blockbuster of all...
Wednesday, May 7 2008
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
Is Ben Stein taking a page from Michael Moore? No, from Borat is more like it.
Monday, May 5 2008
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
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.