Columns

Tuesday, July 17 2007

Boo-Ya!: The Sound and the Fury

A look at the reductive, self-indulgent, misguided claptrap that passes for the majority of sports broadcasting these days.


Monday, July 16 2007

Make Love, Not War? Why Not Have It Both Ways?

Dropping a "gay bomb" on enemy soldiers might prove to distract them, yes, but these incapacitants, though no less harsh, will make the enemy forget what they were ever fighting for.


Sunday, July 15 2007

The Uighur Sanction, or, The Squeaky Jesus Gets the Fig

A Muslim's fasting irritates him – if you've ever spent the month of Ramadan in a Muslim country, you know what I mean. An Evangelical Christian's proselytizing irritates others. Dick Cheney irritates everyone.


Thursday, July 12 2007

Elitist Dumpster Divers

Freegans might seem like environmental crusaders, but they parasitically glean the leavings of those they deride, the people who have actually struggled to make a difficult peace with an imperfect economic system.


We Are What We Think About What We Eat

Why is literature about food -- read in a state of inner solitude, much like the experience of dining alone -- so alluring?


Wednesday, July 11 2007

Family Matters

A well-rounded musical background is crucial -- otherwise, you could end up like a friend of mine, who had never heard Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life", and so felt lost during some hand-clapping good times at the bar last weekend.


Tuesday, July 10 2007

Vexed by Beauty

Whom next to blame for society’s infatuation with beguiling young women?


Monday, July 9 2007

Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Choose

Stoics say freedom is an illusion. That's why they have no choice but to think deeply about the Grateful Dead.


Sunday, July 8 2007

Journeymen

Gypsy Caravan, a new documentary about a six-week tour featuring some of modernity's top Gypsy musicians, is an exceptional peek at life on the road, entwined with the history, and current state, of Gypsy culture.


Thursday, July 5 2007

Junior Samples, Rube Bard of Days Gone By

It takes an exceptional talent to make hick seem slick. Alvin “Junior” Samples had it.


Summer Must-Reads

Let authors Michael Bloomberg, Paris Hilton, John Travolta, and Bob Barker help you through the long dog days of summer with these new, engaging titles.


Wednesday, July 4 2007

Blood Art from Africa?

Everywhere one looks these days, the supposedly "forgotten" continent is under the glare of spotlights. But there is a thin line between patronage and plunder.


Monday, July 2 2007

Transformers: Autobotic Asphyxiation

Autobotic Asphyxiation occurs when someone crosses that thin, tremulous line separating a passionate hobby from an unhealthy obsession. Watch for these symptoms . . .


Sunday, July 1 2007

Stars in our Pies

Always wanted to invite a famous person over for dinner? You can dine with almost any one you want, every day, no linen napkin required.


Thursday, June 28 2007

Predatory Nature

Sharks, the legendary "terrors of the deep", are at the complete mercy of the fiercest predator of all. Let's show some mercy.


We All Fall Down

Are Estonians selling sheep as a rare breed of poodle to the Japanese? And other post-riot conversations...


Wednesday, June 27 2007

I’m Comin’ with the U-Haul, Baby

This One's for the Girls... I mean Women, or Rather Wymen... uh, Wimin... This One's for the Lesbians! Abernethy learns that society as a whole is relatively indifferent to the lesbian community, whether through acceptance, titillation, or oblivion.


Tuesday, June 26 2007

The Fannish Inquisition

Loyalty to the local team doesn't hold much water, these days. There's a hardcore Diaspora of sports fans who stubbornly refuse to go with the crowd.


Monday, June 25 2007

Attention. Deficit. Disorder.

Brad Listi's new novel realistically shows how Gen Xers perceive the world: it's full of random information that doesn't add up to an understanding of what life is all about.


Sunday, June 24 2007

A Matter of Morbid Elegance

While it may be hard to believe, horror imagery has its direct links in the visual variances of classic painting. It's all a matter of melancholic grace.


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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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