Columns

Monday, August 20 2007

Archeological Discovery!

The cause of the Cataclysm revealed? Experts discover new tell-tale artifacts, recalibrate their analysis of American celebrity from the Year 2449.


Sunday, August 19 2007

Barbeque: The New Environmental Battleground

Bart Simpson urges, “Don’t have a cow!” As the climate warms, I beg to differ.


Thursday, August 16 2007

Too Many Mirrors

Style is often described paradoxically as an indescribable quality, as something timeless, which is precisely what makes it so useful to the fashion industry.


Wednesday, August 15 2007

Travels in Little China

The Chinese brand of red tape now wraps around Tibet as fiercely as the Red Guards that once invaded it. Travelers who gain access now see a Disney-fied Tibet.


Tuesday, August 14 2007

With Malice Towards Fun

In a battle to claim The Simpson's for its own, Fox network's favorite family teetered dangerously close to stealing the heart and soul of Springfield, Illinois, away from the man who saved the Union.


Monday, August 13 2007

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

Circumstances may have brought them together, but a single 'enduring' emotion may be driving Ian McEwan's characters toward a deranged date with destiny.


Sunday, August 12 2007

Bruce Willis, Genghis Khan, and Ravioli: Inside the Red Chord’s Prey for Eyes

Do metalheads dream of Kanye West? Guy Kozowyk, vocalist for deathcore standout, the Red Chord, vividly regales PopMatters with lengthy tales about how the many ideas that dominate the band's latest album came to fruition.


The Lost in Translation Generation

Americans Need to Learn English…British English, that is!


Thursday, August 9 2007

A Critic’s Grab-Bag

The most rewarding work as a critic is not in evaluating the flow of big menu items from established artists, but in sampling the little dishes that come along -- like this quartet of obscure, interesting stuff from 2007's first half.


Wednesday, August 8 2007

Hey, You Got Your Ghost in My Machine!

The body and the machine are born innocent. It’s the soul and the mind that make them dirty and evil. A philosophical meandering into America's obsession with automobiles.


Tuesday, August 7 2007

The Sounds of Now: Steve Reich and the Transmogrification of the Banal

As human beings, interpretive animals that attempt to navigate the world by coming to some sort of "understanding" of it, we are addicted to purpose.


Monday, August 6 2007

Xtreme Zoo Babies

National Geographic's Animals in the Womb brings up an interesting thought; nobody goes around aborting cute, unborn puppies -- we wait until they're born to get rid of them.


Sunday, August 5 2007

The Evolution of Africa and Hip-Hop

Pharoahe Monch's new album, Desire, is a complete surround-sense experience, but it's also a reminder that as much as our technologies have improved, what we are communicating is not necessarily the most righteous of information.


By the Power of Softcore

One Man's Daring Look Back at He-Man and the Masters of the Universe… and Porky's


Thursday, August 2 2007

Delfin Quishpe: Ecuador’s Unlikely YouTube Celebrity

Other than cute animal photos and pornography, the content that enjoys the most popularity on the Internet often has a link to real-world events of generalized significance – like Quishpe's 9/11 video.


Pop Culture in 17 Syllables

In our brave new world of news bytes, instant messaging and dwindling attention spans, the haiku is making a comeback.


Wednesday, August 1 2007

In Orario: How to Be In Time in Italy

One could easily go hungry for lack of planning in certain parts of Italy. Best to learn the Italian concept of time if you want to survive here.


Tuesday, July 31 2007

Giant Catfish…Only a Noodle Away

Catfish are strong, eccentric characters that have for many years snubbed their bottom-feeding whiskered noses at the angling establishment. But still, they're suckers for a wiggling finger.


Monday, July 30 2007

Out in the Cold

HotHouse, a non-profit arts center in Chicago, embodied how beneficial a commitment to the arts could be, and surely this would override any business issues, I thought. I thought wrong.


Sunday, July 29 2007

The NAACP’s Mock Burial of Its Relevance

Our enemy is not the "N-word" itself; it’s whatever propels people to use it. We need healers, not language nannies.


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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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