Columns

Monday, November 5 2007

Don’t Know Much About History

As Lupe Fiasco learned in a recent faux pas, what you don't know won't scare you – until somebody calls you out.


Sunday, November 4 2007

Living on the Margins

The protagonists of tomorrow are people who are off-line, somehow off the grid, unsophisticated or simply unimpressed by the general spectacle of information-overload and conspicuous consumption.


Thursday, November 1 2007

Fishing, Fathers, and Sons

We’re all mythical creatures created from stories that blend fact and fiction, myth and reality, into a magical whole, and no tale does this the better than the fish story.


Wednesday, October 31 2007

Bringing Home the Horror

Fright film fans have an innate desire to "own" that which they obsess over. Thanks to the ever changing face of home theater technology, and the genre's link to same, they can easily satisfy their creepshow cravings.


Tuesday, October 30 2007

Experts and the Individualism Paradox

It starts as an innocent search for a pair of running shoes. But very quickly, Cho finds herself in a world predicted by Alvin Toffler's Future Shock. Can she escape?


Monday, October 29 2007

Air Apparent

David Lynch and the illustration of the grand within the grotesque, and the good/bad buried in the bad/good, ala On the Air.


Sunday, October 28 2007

Deconstructing the False Good Rapper/ Bad Rapper Dichotomy

In this corner: Common, in that: 50 Cent. In this corner: Dr. Martin Luther King, in that: Malcolm X. In this corner: W.E.B. DuBois, in that: Booker T. Washington. Standing outside of the ring: Dilated Peoples.


Thursday, October 25 2007

A Righteous Boy’s Hip-Hop Journey Through Babeland

Songs, more songs -- the prolific singer-songwriter and musician Ani Difranco keeps coming up with them. Here's some help for finding the best of Difranco, especially if you also like De La Soul.


Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Time again for everyone's favorite corporately co-opted Judeo-Christian pagan demon holiday! A public service for procrastinating party-goers.


Wednesday, October 24 2007

Every Rose Has Its Thorn

Flowers in the Attic is the perfect example of what happens to a favorite book when it gets pressed through the Hollywood machine. The results are enough to ruin a sly, scandalous thriller - and a reader's rich adolescent memories.


Tuesday, October 23 2007

Scene, Should Be Heard

The Second City has some first-rate music scenes. So listen up, New York.


Monday, October 22 2007

What’s in a (Nick) Name?

A good nickname can show the reverence fans or the media have for the athlete, and it can demonstrate a wicked sense of humour, but always, it should demonstrate that sport, at its essence, should maintain a sense of fun.


Sunday, October 21 2007

Vaccination Scars: NASCAR in the Popular Imagination

The encroachment of a corporate, middle-American influence, coupled with its proximity to a more worldly motorsport, combine to put NASCAR supporters on edge when it comes to discussion of public hygiene.


The Good, the Ugly, and the Simply Awful

Since we expect our celebrities to be beautiful, it's no surprise that we've acquired a clinical, critical eye for fine distinctions of physiology, scrutinizing the form and shape of the human face in Talmudic minuteness.


Thursday, October 18 2007

Inevitable Consumption

Was the housing bubble symptomatic of the infantile mentality that Benjamin Barber, in his recent book, insists that shopping-mad Americans have had foisted upon their selves? Or is there a different lesson to draw?


Wednesday, October 17 2007

Stick It to ‘Em: The Art of Political Cartoons

As the adage goes, no matter who you vote for, the government wins; each party offers ample fodder for both poignant exception to policies and amusing examination of principles.


Tuesday, October 16 2007

Bass Reflections

Recently, two most idiosyncratic jazz bass players, Miroslav Vitous and Eberhard Weber, released riveting, odd, ambitious recordings, suggesting the importance of the bass tradition to the larger history of the music.


Monday, October 15 2007

PFLAG: A Piece of Our Hearts

For 35 years, long before "traditional family values" became a buzz-phrase, PFLAG has been preaching inclusion, love, acceptance, and understanding.


Sunday, October 14 2007

Bachata: Generations Apart and Together

Bachata grew up in the barrio. Servants would turn trashcans and fences into instruments in their nighttime escapades, and the words would tune hearts to a frequency unheard during daytime hours.


Thursday, October 11 2007

The Bull of Phalaris, or the Ambiguity of Musical Violence

By working directly on the body, music as a whole has access to a form of violence that far outstrips the petty accusations foisted upon certain of its constituent parts, such as hard rock and rap.


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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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