Wednesday, October 31 2007
Fright film fans have an innate desire to "own" that which they obsess over. Thanks to the ever changing face of home theater technology, and the genre's link to same, they can easily satisfy their creepshow cravings.
Tuesday, October 30 2007
It starts as an innocent search for a pair of running shoes. But very quickly, Cho finds herself in a world predicted by Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. Can she escape?
Monday, October 29 2007
David Lynch and the illustration of the grand within the grotesque, and the good/bad buried in the bad/good, ala On the Air.
Sunday, October 28 2007
In this corner: Common, in that: 50 Cent. In this corner: Dr. Martin Luther King, in that: Malcolm X. In this corner: W.E.B. DuBois, in that: Booker T. Washington. Standing outside of the ring: Dilated Peoples.
Thursday, October 25 2007
Songs, more songs -- the prolific singer-songwriter and musician Ani Difranco keeps coming up with them. Here's some help for finding the best of Difranco, especially if you also like De La Soul.
Time again for everyone's favorite corporately co-opted Judeo-Christian pagan demon holiday! A public service for procrastinating party-goers.
Wednesday, October 24 2007
Flowers in the Attic is the perfect example of what happens to a favorite book when it gets pressed through the Hollywood machine. The results are enough to ruin a sly, scandalous thriller - and a reader's rich adolescent memories.
Tuesday, October 23 2007
The Second City has some first-rate music scenes. So listen up, New York.
Monday, October 22 2007
A good nickname can show the reverence fans or the media have for the athlete, and it can demonstrate a wicked sense of humour, but always, it should demonstrate that sport, at its essence, should maintain a sense of fun.
Sunday, October 21 2007
The encroachment of a corporate, middle-American influence, coupled with its proximity to a more worldly motorsport, combine to put NASCAR supporters on edge when it comes to discussion of public hygiene.
Since we expect our celebrities to be beautiful, it's no surprise that we've acquired a clinical, critical eye for fine distinctions of physiology, scrutinizing the form and shape of the human face in Talmudic minuteness.
Thursday, October 18 2007
Was the housing bubble symptomatic of the infantile mentality that Benjamin Barber, in his recent book, insists that shopping-mad Americans have had foisted upon their selves? Or is there a different lesson to draw?
Wednesday, October 17 2007
As the adage goes, no matter who you vote for, the government wins; each party offers ample fodder for both poignant exception to policies and amusing examination of principles.
Tuesday, October 16 2007
Recently, two most idiosyncratic jazz bass players, Miroslav Vitous and Eberhard Weber, released riveting, odd, ambitious recordings, suggesting the importance of the bass tradition to the larger history of the music.
Monday, October 15 2007
For 35 years, long before "traditional family values" became a buzz-phrase, PFLAG has been preaching inclusion, love, acceptance, and understanding.
Sunday, October 14 2007
Bachata grew up in the barrio. Servants would turn trashcans and fences into instruments in their nighttime escapades, and the words would tune hearts to a frequency unheard during daytime hours.
Thursday, October 11 2007
By working directly on the body, music as a whole has access to a form of violence that far outstrips the petty accusations foisted upon certain of its constituent parts, such as hard rock and rap.
Wednesday, October 10 2007
Van Giersbergen and Rygg's core audiences remain on the metal side, proof that no matter how diverse your music becomes, your old metal fans will still stubbornly cling to you like barnacles to a creaky hull.
Tuesday, October 9 2007
The shelves of our great nation's toy retailers are seldom stocked with action figures of flabby, furry, graying columnists, but that could change . . .
Monday, October 8 2007
The orna's slim fabric casts a net of symbolism and serves as a democratic garment -- for a certain class of people.