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Thursday, April 12 2007

The Little Label That Could: An Interview With Cryptogramophone’s Jeff Gauthier

"I want every album I produce to take the listener on a journey, perhaps to places they've never been before." Cryptogramophone Records founder Gauthier talks L.A. jazz, musical community, and embracing change.


Wednesday, April 11 2007

Is Obama the Last in a Long Line of Firsts?

It doesn’t even matter if your achievement isn’t something a lot of people might want to emulate; you’ll go to your grave eulogized as the “first black (fill-in-the-blank)”, and every Black History Month someone will remember your name.


Tuesday, April 10 2007

Please Do Not Remain Seated

Sometimes small gestures contain larger meanings. For me, the decision to sit rather than stand at a concert is a sign of giving up on the youthful exuberance that defines the rock concert experience.


Monday, April 9 2007

Life on Mars: Just in The Nick of Time

If there is life on Mars, then the little green men are really the men in blue, and they look just like us.


Sunday, April 8 2007

The Meaning (wink, wink) of Life

Welcome to Pop Goes Philosophy by various authors with Open Court Publishing; where philosophers find deep meaning in the depths, and at least a tiny ray of reflection in the shallows, of all that is pop culture.


Thursday, April 5 2007

On Revolutions, Civil War and Dictators: The Work of Ryszard Kapuscinski

Kapuscinski, a master of subjective journalism, once referred to news agency reporters as “terrible victims of information”.


Wednesday, April 4 2007

The Marleys and Mind Control

The efforts of major corporations to disarm their consumers is a reminder that music used to be judged by how it made the listener feel, not how many times it was downloaded.


Tuesday, April 3 2007

Nobody Likes a Quitter

Giving up cigarettes – an odyssey of shame, debasement and despair.


Monday, April 2 2007

Ed Zern: The Fisher King of Droll

Like any curmudgeon, Ed Zern criticized everything, including himself, the sport, and other anglers because they all periodically blocked his path to the river.


Sunday, April 1 2007

Slacker or Hero?: A Taste of the Life of a Video Game Tester

Video Game Testers are rather like UN weapons inspectors (and have about as much credibility, now that I think about it).


Side Show Suckers

For those waiting on a cold night for a shrunken head, a vampire-killing silver bullet, and the last, nasty little shred of Abe Lincoln, they would only be misled and deceived, yet again.


Thursday, March 29 2007

Almost Auteurs: Elaine May

Elaine May's untapped filmmaking promise remains as recognizable as her realized films, ranging from the acclaimed The Heartbreak Kid to the disastrous Ishtar. She is missed as a filmmaking force.


Wednesday, March 28 2007

A Miscarriage of Justice: The WWE and Political Campaigning

The time has come to admit to ourselves that young America's polite indifference towards partisan politics and the wrestling industry stems from the uncomfortable but increasingly undeniable fact that the two have grown indistinguishable from one another.


Tuesday, March 27 2007

The Director with Roots in Hell

Step right up folks, don't be shy. There's room for even the most sophisticated film fan when it comes to the exploitation excess of grindhouse pioneer Dwain Esper.


Monday, March 26 2007

Let Them Swim! The Office Pool and State Morality

Even churning out those dreaded, redundant reports by the glare of fluorescent lights becomes more bearable when tourney time rolls around.


Behind the Music

It's impossible to listen to music in a vacuum, to take the sound of a band on its own merits. There are so many outside factors at play – reviews, friends opinions, larger cultural influences . . .


Sunday, March 25 2007

Fight or Flight: The Dichotomy of Manowar

True metal believers or a mousse-abusing joke? Begrand explores how Manowar, one of the most polarizing and contradictory metal bands of all time, can simultaneously flaunt Spinal Tap-isms and ignite a crowd of 30,000 screaming fans.


Thursday, March 22 2007

‘That Ain’t Right!’

The news, television, and films all reinforce the idea that there is something wrong with even the hint of homosexuality.


Why Don’t the Planets Speak?: An Inquiry Into Music and Language

Speech involves saying something individual in a rigid system of conformity. Music seems to attempt something similar -- or, more appropriately, people attempt something similar through music.


Wednesday, March 21 2007

The Post-Putin Era: Russian Revolution or Russian Evolution?

The world’s two most dominant forces will usher in new regimes in 2008. Thompson offers insights into the next Russian presidential election and its diverse cast of players.


//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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