Columns

Thursday, May 1 2008

The Practicality of the Impossible: John Cage and the Freeman Etudes

John Cage replaces the comforting order of the cosmos with the recalcitrant, indecipherable organization of a part of the universe. Each sound, radically set off from the others, demands that we hear it in isolation.


Wednesday, April 30 2008

The Game World / Real World Interface

"Interfacing" is Moving Pixels' way of taking a look at the tenuous relationship between the gaming world and the real world, and the awkwardness and enlightenment that the intersections between the two can achieve.


Tuesday, April 29 2008

The Real Creel

Creels contain volumes of wonderfully imaginative “catches” that, unlike the box’s contents in the myth, unleash a swarm of positive stories and memories that continue life’s flow.


Monday, April 28 2008

Broads Don’t Blog, Especially in Haiku

Broads can only thrive under certain social conditions, and those conditions, alas, no longer exist. But a new species has emerged...


Sunday, April 27 2008

Baptized by Fire: The Persistent Politics of the Olympic Games

The Olympic torch should remain a beacon to those who can appreciate the true power that sports have in forcing us to consider the political reality of the world we all, athletes included, share.


Thursday, April 24 2008

Rod Serling and His Evil Art

Serling began his career as one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. But it only took one trip to a particularly troubled 'gallery' to undermine his importance and influence within the entertainment industry.


Wednesday, April 23 2008

No Reply Needed

Have 'REPLY ALL' emails become the latest outlet for the modern obsession with self-expression and fame?


Tuesday, April 22 2008

A Formula One Fairy Tale

Gather round children, and I’ll tell a tale tragic yet true of the demise of the sport old timers once called Formula One.


Monday, April 21 2008

We Dream We’re the People in Songs

Is he strumming your face with his fingers? And singing your life with his words?


Sunday, April 20 2008

Love in the Time of Record Shops

Technology may have changed the way we obtain music, but as Nick Hornby's High Fidelity reminds us, it can never alter our love affair with the medium.


Thursday, April 17 2008

Into the Void: John Darnielle on Sabbath, Extreme Metal, and Indie Rock

Begrand dives into metal fandom with the Mountain Goats' John Darnielle, who discusses the Mighty Riff, the uneasy relationship between indie and metal camps, and the life experiences behind his new book on Black Sabbath's Master of Reality.


Wednesday, April 16 2008

R.I.P. Smooth Jazz, 1985-2008?

With two of the US' major "smooth jazz" radio stations defunct to the fickleness of format change, the time to mourn the cheesy sub-genre is now. But what made Smooth Jazz not really jazz at all?


Tuesday, April 15 2008

The Banality of a Wanna Be Robin Hood

As I walked into the payday loan company's office I wondered, Did any of the union welders on the Death Star walk out once they realized what "Project DS" stood for?


Monday, April 14 2008

A Terrifying Ruby Jubilee

As a pivotal year of social change and as a cultural stepping stone, 1968 saw the radicalization of American society, and an accompanying revolution in the realm of horror genre filmmaking.


Sunday, April 13 2008

Women of the (Music) World

There is little in this world as beautiful as the female voice. Sometimes it’s necessary to stop and remind ourselves of this.


Thursday, April 10 2008

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Hip-Hop’s Fight Against Time

Hip-hop fights haters, record labels, rival emcees, and even the law. Time, however, has proven to be a formidable opponent.


Wednesday, April 9 2008

1977: The Year Decency Died - Part II

If punk’s message was ‘destroy’, then inevitably wrapped up in its own scream of existence was its dying breath. No sooner was 1977 declared the year of punk than the death of punk was in the cards.


Tuesday, April 8 2008

1977: The Year Decency Died - Part I

"I loathe and detest everything they stand for and look like. They are obnoxious, obscene and disgusting."


Monday, April 7 2008

Kill the One with the Ball, or How I learned to Love Capitalism

For many of us, preparation for real life happened not in the classroom, but on the playground at recess. There's a lot to be learned about Capitalism from the bottom of a schoolyard pig-pile.


Sunday, April 6 2008

Nuke the Kiss

For some TV viewers, storylines of adultery, murder, war, rape, etc. are not reprehensible enough to prompt a channel change; two men kissing, however, is another matter.


//Mixed media
//Blogs

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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