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Monday, April 10 2006

An Open Letter From Dave Chappelle to His White Fans

Hey, white folks! Think the current king of racially reactive comedy enjoys your fawning fandom? Not according to this little heartbreaker.


Thursday, April 6 2006

Yar Matey! Sailing the Pirate-infested Seas of Beijing’s CD Shops, or: Piracy: A Defence

The Beijing music-buying experience is daunting and disorienting, rife with clogged cardboard boxes, cut-outs, and pirated imports. In a highly censored market, the explicitly illegal discs may also be the most necessary.


Tuesday, April 4 2006

The Grindhouse’s Greatest Hits

It's time to slap another nickel in the naughty jukebox as this month's look at outsider cinema celebrates the music that made the exploitation genre a decidedly different kind of 'aural' experience.


Monday, April 3 2006

Am I Not a Role Model? Looking Back and Up to Kirby Puckett

Puckett made his team a winner and, by extension, made me one, too.


Sunday, April 2 2006

Non-Tragic Mulatto

There is perhaps no better example of misguided melodrama than 1934/1959's Imitation of Life, and according to our cinematic scholar, no more culturally defining or disturbing character than its light-skinned, half-breed heroine.


Thursday, March 30 2006

Meditations on the Festival of Mediations

The Japan Media Arts Festival succeeded in capturing the bedlam of multiplicities, the noise of creative expression, the messy complexity of negotiated meaning that is Art.


Wednesday, March 29 2006

Double Hedda

In New York, Henrik Ibsen's centennial is celebrated with a knockout showdown: It's Cate Blanchett vs. the robots, for the soul of Hedda Gabler.


Tuesday, March 28 2006

A Russian Dressing Down

Bill O'Reilly is not so bad.


Faith’s Freak Show

Religious programming has produced a lot of laughable content. But none more hilariously horrible than PTL's House Party; a no-talent treat starring the station's indomitable drag drone, Tammy Faye Bakker.


Monday, March 27 2006

Love the Sport, Not the Sports Star

Q: How many professional athletes does it take to screw over a lifelong fan? A: Several thousand, evidently. Thanks, pinheads!


Sympathy for the Devil: In Cold Blood

Truman Capote crafted a masterpiece in human ambiguity with his classic 'nonfiction' novel. Our leading lady of letters argues that the recent cinematic exploration of the book's creation is an equally unnerving experience.


Sunday, March 26 2006

The Redcoats Are Coming!  The British Invasion of SXSW ‘06

Ellis spends four days in Austin looking for the finest exports from Tony Blair's Cool Britannia. In lieu of monkeys, magic numbers, and Moz, his search yields Casio-pop, California harmonies, and communal sing-along epics.


Thursday, March 23 2006

To Eat Well Is to Live Well

Overseas Filipino workers (OFW's) have little choice but to leave their children for years at a time. In Alave's case, her mother's absence culminated in results that were, eventually... delicious.


Wednesday, March 22 2006

A New Kind of Magic: Part III: Cinematic Symbiosis

In the final installment of his three-part look at the evolution of special effects in movie macabre, our horror historian looks at Fritz Lang, Lon Chaney, and a certain oversized ape's place in the dynamic of dread.


Tuesday, March 21 2006

They’re Out to Get Us

Conspiracy theories are getting a bum rap.


Monday, March 20 2006

Bearded Ladies Live!

As the public's perception of human sexuality shifted from celebration into sin, the meaning of the Bearded Lady's marked androgyny would change, too: from reverence into scorn, to... something else.


Gag Order

Pink takes on the popular stupid girls, but only a little.


Sunday, March 19 2006

College Dropout Studies Abroad

Kanye West's 'Touch the Sky' French leg of the tour stirs up a hiphop history lesson.


Get on the Scene, Now

Leeds, and the nearby cities of Sheffield and Wakefield, are part of a musical renaissance. Warner talks with members of two bands from the area, each with contrasting views on this new 'scene'.


Thursday, March 16 2006

Paranoid Much?

You know how some people still fear that a camera turned on one's visage captures one's soul? Well, some part of our selves is certainly caught up by today's 'watchful' technology.


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