Columns

Thursday, May 10 2007

Abandoning the Fort

It seems that teleportation, spontaneous human combustion, poltergeists, UFO sightings, alien abductions, and other such phenomena has fallen out of fashion, these days.


Wednesday, May 9 2007

First They Came for the Latinos

Heard rumors of civilians rounded up, locked up, and searched for papers, lately? Don't worry. That only happens in another America.


Tuesday, May 8 2007

P.M. Mixtape, Vol. Two: Love and Trouble

Since relationships are tough, we need all the help we can get. Sometimes the best advice comes from listening to the right song.


Monday, May 7 2007

High-Minded Bullshit

Philosophy itself is often regarded as part and parcel with the bullshit of popular culture. But it is philosophers who been trying to determine exactly what bullshit is and how it works its magic.


Sunday, May 6 2007

Lose Your Delusion: An Open Letter to William ‘Axl’ Rose of Guns N’ Roses

A disillusioned fan calls for the resurrection of Guns N' Roses, already. Please. Now would be good.


Thursday, May 3 2007

Collective Impulses

The wife disposing of her ex-husband's collection. The estate sale. The stash of records sold for pennies on the dollar because the water bill was overdue. Collecting music often depends on someone else's misfortune.


Wednesday, May 2 2007

The Resilient Works of Roberto Bolaño: Raccoon-Resistant, Water Resistant, Immortal

Roberto Bolaño's Los Detectives Salvajes, like so many good works, traverses time, language, cultures, and survives a bit battered, but little worse for the wear.


Tuesday, May 1 2007

Celebrity Deathmatch

Every decision already consists of two wrong choices -- it's only a matter of which is the path of least regret.


Monday, April 30 2007

An Ugly Trend in Filmmakers

Strapped for cash, aching to free their creative impulse from the grind of the same old story, over and over and over, our best modern film directors turn their talents toward the vastly untapped world of TV commercial-making.


Sunday, April 29 2007

Emerging Ideas in Global Distribution: An Interview With Six Degrees’ Bob Duskis

"If you don't embrace your buying base, you're going to go out of business." Beres talks with the electronica label's co-founder about digital distribution and independent music.


They are the Champions

St. Louis Cardinals fans' enthusiasm for the 2006 World Series can be understood, even if the rest of the world refused to share it.


Thursday, April 26 2007

Classical Radio Communities: Thoughts on Mediation

Classical music radio gives rise to a prophylactic form of community: we are somehow participating with other listeners without having to engage directly with those others. The music becomes a pretense for communal participation.


Wednesday, April 25 2007

Out of Shadows, Shining Ever-Bright

After catching the reunited '80s-era, Ronnie James Dio-helmed Black Sabbath on tour in Canada, Begrand looks back on an oft-neglected period in the metal titans' career.


Tuesday, April 24 2007

A Look Back at the Decline of English Soccer. Spring, 2057

The early 2000s was a time of great sporting innocence around the globe: the NFL still claimed to have an active drugs policy, Tiger Woods’ alien DNA was still undiagnosed, and it was three years before the revelations about Barry Bonds and Dick Cheney’s clandestine relationship would shock America.


Monday, April 23 2007

NBC News Overnight: And So It Went

NBC News Overnight strove to include the audience as much as possible, making its hour of news feel like a visit from a very wise, very witty, very worldly friend.


Sunday, April 22 2007

Seeking: President. Must love balanced budgets, cats.

It's time the US graduated from the Electoral College and took advantage of the latest election technology: eHarmony's patented Compatibility Matching System.


The Kings of Crabs

The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catchgives one reason to pause and reflect between savory bites of Alaskan king crab.


Thursday, April 19 2007

Getting Sick in a Foreign Language

There is something familiar to me in that idea of an abandoned past; in a place like Beijing, you too can become anybody, literally. Because of the disconnect between here and Back Home, you can create for yourself the identity you've always wanted.


Wednesday, April 18 2007

“Faggot! Sissy! Queer!”

Increasingly, the sound echoing from our school playgrounds is the sound of hatred and bigotry.


Tuesday, April 17 2007

Deep ’Desh

The minute I step out of my flat, Bangladesh drags me into its unique intensity; and without home as a point of reference, I am left without my level of reasoning.


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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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