Columns

Wednesday, September 20 2006

I Am / We Are / You May or May Not Be, Depending

Maybe it's quite enough to try to sell the idea of Australia as a 'somewhat tolerant' country rather than a 'multicultural' one, with all the latter's suggestions of actual unity.


Tuesday, September 19 2006

Lolita’s Balls!

Between the scandalous novel and it's equally inflammatory big screen adaptation, Vladimir Nabokov's classic story of unnatural, obsessive love still has chutzpah.


Monday, September 18 2006

Do You Wanna Funk with Me?: A Beginner’s Guide to Gay Nightclubs

Going to a gay nightclub shouldn't be an intimidating experience, and could prove to be the most fun straight people have had out in a long time.


Sunday, September 17 2006

I Want My (insert movie/TV show/music), Now!

On-demand programming: it's all about you. At least, that's what you should think.


Thursday, September 14 2006

Sympathy for the Middleman

Despite mounting debt, it's imperative that we continue to laugh at calls for austerity and conservation, and celebrate those noble marketers that keep us consuming -- whoops, I mean innovating.


Wednesday, September 13 2006

If You Love Tupac, Help Find His Killer

Because Tupac and Biggie were -- and are -- so famous, a massive cry for breaks in the cases would signal to the world that the Hip-Hop Nation, that amorphous band of young people blamed for all the ills of urban life from drugs in the streets to questionable taste in fashion, does in fact care about something bigger than bling.


Tuesday, September 12 2006

Towering Concerns

It's admirable that people want our culture to strive for relevance and depth in its filmmaking and film watching, but our desperate grasping for real world ideals has dissolved our sense of cinematic values.


Monday, September 11 2006

A Need for Nerds

Now more than ever, as we stumble along the dark, uncertain path of These Troubled Times, we need our brainiacs to help illuminate the way.


Sunday, September 10 2006

An Overheard Conversation Concerning Musical Taste

'But who determines the criteria by which one determines if something is well formed?' A debate of taste rages in a small field outside Maryland.


Thursday, September 7 2006

Monkey Business

Performers in monkey suits hitting each other with mallets? Is that all that's left of Ernie Kovacs' television legacy? It's the subject up for debate during this overview of the more or less forgotten funnyman.


Wednesday, September 6 2006

Notes from Underground

Begrand hits the traveling metal show Sounds of the Underground for nine hours of mayhem, moshing, and merch. And though this town's put the kibosh on mosh, there's plenty of familiar sights and sounds, from Metallica wannabes to papier-mâché phalluses.


Tuesday, September 5 2006

Rock Steady Revelations

How far from traditional Bronx breaking can one go before hiphop dance is no longer quite hiphop dance?


Monday, September 4 2006

Discovery: Internet!

Join our guide on a tour of the Internet, where stealthy sexual predators, docile digerati, pathetic loners, and vast, roaming herds of the dangerously overinformed roam freely in their habitat.


Thursday, August 31 2006

Why Hip-Hop Sucks, Part 3

There's good hip-hop and there's mediocre hip-hop. The latter is outnumbering the former.


Wednesday, August 30 2006

The Skeleton of My Dead Child

Eric Von Stroheim would have been a fantastic television director, free to spin out 13-hour movies as a full season of edgy, mature, character-driven drama.


Tuesday, August 29 2006

It’s Not Just a Job… It’s a Dead End

An appeal to those who feel drawn to military service out of economic necessity.


Monday, August 28 2006

Five Colors Rock Taiwan

Che Guevara, John Lennon, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein -- and Taiwan's late DPP legislator Lu Hsiu-yi -- all met up on a rock 'n' roll stage to rouse up a revolution.


Five Colors Rock Taiwan

Che Guevara, John Lennon, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein -- and Taiwan's late DPP legislator Lu Hsiu-yi -- all met up on a rock 'n' roll stage to rouse up a revolution.


Sunday, August 27 2006

Foreigners in Foreign Lands, Part II: Exotic Occidentals

The second in a series of two examinations of foreign musicians, in which the Devil returns, literally, to China, to suss out those abusing the 'foreign' tag.


Thursday, August 24 2006

Bubblegum Pops the (Counter-)Culture

Fake and faceless, bubblegum pop in the late '60s and early '70s offended the prevailing rock myths of artistic creativity and rugged opposition to the powers-that-be.


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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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