Columns

Sunday, January 6 2008

Just One of the “Schlubs”

A walk on the down and out side, sans music soundtrack and poetic interpretation.


Thursday, January 3 2008

For the Love of the Art

How cool is it to go to the "Self Help" section of a bookstore and get a book with life lessons from N.W.A., Little Brother, and Ghostface Killah?


The Zen of Cheating

While cheating is allegedly the bane of every sportsperson and sports fan’s existence, the only crime, from the cheater’s point of view, is being caught.


Wednesday, January 2 2008

The Gap: Paul Bley

Paul Bley seems to be that rare jazz musician who has made a romance with the avant-garde seem easy on the ears.


Tuesday, January 1 2008

In Conversation with Bangladeshi Poet, Kaiser Haq

There are more than a dozen languages spoken in Bangladesh. English is a presence, a second language, in which poets such as Haq can be found.


Thursday, December 20 2007

Some Thoughts on the Holiday Season’s Über Pop Icon

Imagine sitting down to a fish dinner with Ernest Hemingway, Izaak Walton, Norman Maclean, and the ultimate Fisher of Men.


Wednesday, December 19 2007

The Good Shepherd

His comic look at life in the '50s formed the foundation for a seminal Christmas 'Story'. But there is more to Jean Sheperd than little boys and BB guns.


Tuesday, December 18 2007

The Redistribution & Revival of Roots

Like the roots of old and those of new, music flows stream-like from the hearts of these artists into an ocean of humanity.


Monday, December 17 2007

How Far Will A Man Go for G.I. Joe?

Sigma 666: Wherein I offer my soul to Satan in exchange for G.I. Joe dolls.


Sunday, December 16 2007

In Through the Outré Door

At the beginning of 2007 as the metal albums started pouring in, it quickly became abundantly clear that two record labels were going to stand head and shoulders above the rest of the pack.


Thursday, December 13 2007

Move Over, iPhone, the French iBike is the New Black

There's no doubting Paris’ credentials as one of the world’s capitals of culture and style. The French touch brings a sense of panache to our daily lives – when the City of Light sneezes, the world catches a Gallic shrug.


Wednesday, December 12 2007

Gay Men Have Large Big Toes

Is there any definite way to tell if a person is gay? Conventional wisdom would lead you to believe there is.


Tuesday, December 11 2007

Hypocrisy: It’s What’s for Dinner

Why does the pardoning of a turkey warrant extensive media coverage in the US, while Presidential pardons of humans are a page seven story, at best?


Monday, December 10 2007

Viva ‘Wild Style’

Wild Style confirms what we now know for a fact: hip-hop wanted to and succeeded in blowing up. No one in the cast/ crew/ generation could conceive what it meant to go pop.


Sunday, December 9 2007

Young Upstarts and Wily Veterans

If you thought Satan couldn't invent a few new rides for you, you obviously forgot that he's got all the time in the world and plenty of cheap labor -- and other thoughts on the 2007 roots music scene.


Trouble in Shopaholicstan

If those slim hipped, cigarette smoking, small-portion eating, fast-walking chic Parisians are going to flaunt their fashion sense in Jersey while taking advantage of the weak dollar, then we really must seal our borders.


Thursday, December 6 2007

Paul Krugman’s ‘The Conscience of a Liberal’

Krugman may be hoping to discredit the very label conservative, so that it could be used as a cudgel the way liberal had been used by the Limbaughs of the world the past few decades.


Wednesday, December 5 2007

Schroeder’s Dilemma: The Christmas Carol, as Lucy Likes It

The Christmas carol is neither high art nor popular claptrap; it is neither austerely sacred nor tritely popular; it is both timeless and timely, traditional and modern.


Tuesday, December 4 2007

Save the Drama for Your Mama

Sons and Lovers gave author D.H. Lawrence a chance to work out all his Oedipal issues. Too bad the film adaptations have been less than enlightening.


Monday, December 3 2007

Mic’d Up

Karaoke: Those who can't, do anyway; those who wish they could, only watch in mute rapture.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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