Columns

Monday, January 28 2008

The Design Imperative

No longer a prole with a dirty toilet, thanks to that fancy toiletbrush in hand, one becomes a fledgling design critic and a curator of the tastefully appointed museum that used to be a one-bedroom apartment.


Sunday, January 27 2008

Love from the ‘90s, Mix-Tape Style

Rob Sheffield's Love is a Mix Tape interprets a recent decade in the ever-shifting sound of the universal language.


The Real Surreal World

Why are the most visceral, defining moments in our life often perceived as unreal or dream-like?


Thursday, January 24 2008

The ‘Dewussification’ of Texas

The Texas Jewboys' fan base mutated into a hodge-podge collection of unconventional mavericks, spanning Hells Angels bikers, hardened hippies, and down-to-earth country folk.


Wednesday, January 23 2008

Bass Makes the World Go ‘Round

As Hamsa Lila knows, the heart and soul of trance lies in the passionate intensity performed by its players.


Tuesday, January 22 2008

The Flying Dartsmen

“Steve Beaton -- The Adonis of darts, what poise, what elegance -- a true roman gladiator with plenty of hair wax.”


Monday, January 21 2008

In Defense of the Popcorn Movie

Wanna get me off my DVD-lovin' couch and into a movie theater? Then gimme the movies that make me feel like a 14-year-old.


Sunday, January 20 2008

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (A Eulogy for the E Street Sound)

When it comes to his work with the E Street Band, Springsteen seems to have tempered or even jettisoned other songwriting trademarks, such as the sense of place that informed so many of his songs.


Thursday, January 17 2008

The Attention of Last Resort

Instead of promoting the sharing of ideas and opinions among friends, social networking sites promote posturing and marketing, friendship as spectatorship, surveillance, and imitation, and give us the attention we crave.


Wednesday, January 16 2008

Restoring Intellectual Day

It rankles my sensibilities that great music is considered "timeless" and therefore Handel's music still "means" today whatever it was it meant in his own time.


Tuesday, January 15 2008

101 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007

A hundred and one reasons why hip-hop is not dead, say these three opinionators.


Monday, January 14 2008

Lead Us Not Into Speculation, Nor Excessive Computation

A prominent philosopher argues that you, me, and everyone you know may be an artificial computer-simulation of a person.


Sunday, January 13 2008

The Mean Streets of Public Television

Oscar the Grouch and Miss Piggy roll up their sleeves for this latest battle in the culture wars: the controversial lyrics of "Elmo's Song".


Getting to Know You

In the blogging stage of the information age, there's no reason to not know what the GLBT community is all about.


Thursday, January 10 2008

Ask an African

Africa will play an increasingly pivotal role in world affairs this year, and not just because a guy whose dad was Kenyan is running for President of the United States.


Wednesday, January 9 2008

Seven Silver Linings for 2007

For the true sports fan, amidst all the drugs, malfeasance, infidelity, greed and inhumanity -- hope is a most important thing.


Tuesday, January 8 2008

Don’t Let It Spoil Your Appetite

Ever try adding a pound of sugar to that roasting chicken? Modern trends in cooking are blurring the boundaries between dessert and dinner.


Monday, January 7 2008

DJing the Weather Report

What is the sound of flowers blooming? How does one match an oncoming storm with sonic accuracy?


Sunday, January 6 2008

Dyke-Alikes

Welcome to an alternate universe populated entirely by middle-aged lesbians the likes of Robert Redford, Barry Manilow, Al Franken, and Kim Jong-il.


Just One of the “Schlubs”

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


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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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