Sunday, September 9 2007

From Boogie Down to Tinseltown

Rappers in showbiz: Did hip-hop land on Hollywood or did Hollywood land on us? For those in 'the land', some of the 4,079 hip-hop laws of crossing-over.

Thursday, September 6 2007

The Tyranny of Numbers

Intelligence quotients, consumer confidence indexes, coin-operated love meters -- the ways we attempt to make numbers out of our states of being are limited only by the different states of being we're capable of experiencing.

Wednesday, September 5 2007

Where Gods and Monsters Watch Over Me

My DVDs and books and toys are so seductive, and the outside world so unappealing, that it's sometimes all I can do to force myself to walk out the front door every morning.

Tuesday, September 4 2007

My Philosophy, My Vertigo

Are the workings of the human mind and heart forever beyond the reach of science to understand? Two philosophers find the question - and opposed answers - in Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Monday, September 3 2007

You Are Who You Know

If I want reading recommendations, Amazon, I’ll turn to people who really do know me. They’re called friends.

Thursday, August 30 2007

New Ways to Breathe

Breathing Under Water, a collaboration between sitarist Anoushka Shankar and tablist Karsh Kale, is not only where music is going, it's where it's at.

Wednesday, August 29 2007

Nine to Five

Eager to re-enter the 9-5 work world, before you could even say 401(k), I was halfway to J.Crew and Banana Republic to stock up on office-friendly wear. But adapting to my colleagues' taste in music? Ah, now that's much more difficult.

Tuesday, August 28 2007

A Cultural Preview of the 2007 Rugby World Cup

Rugby 101: the proverbial game for ruffians played by gentlemen (as opposed to soccer, a game for gentlemen played by ruffians).

Monday, August 27 2007

Living La Vida Shadows

Lessons from Dark Shadows: 15 ways to walk on the defiled side. Insane women locked in towers, family lawyers in cahoots with Beelzebub, the frequent appearance of vile oil paintings of hate, and many paranormal possibilities.

Sunday, August 26 2007

Playing from the Hip

Jorge Ben always sounds like he's playing from the hip, not from the head, not really from the heart either.

The Real McCoy

McCoy's massage parlor guides are comprised of funny, fussbudget prose and genteel, old-world attitude toward the "charms" of the "ladies" he has visited.

Thursday, August 23 2007

Fading to Grey: Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky has peered into the abyss of the future with the eye of a true skeptic. And being the intellectual he is I am sure that he has revelled in the abyss staring back at him in an equally skeptical manner.

Wednesday, August 22 2007

Ready for Their Close-up

If not for the work of director James Broughton, gay cinema may not have progressed as quickly as it has.

Tuesday, August 21 2007

Hallyu, the Korean Wave

Is this how it feels to be French or Italian? To be chic just because of your nationality? Dare I feel that just being Korean may hold some cultural currency, these days?

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.

//Mixed media

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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