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Tuesday, July 10 2007

Vexed by Beauty

Whom next to blame for society’s infatuation with beguiling young women?


Monday, July 9 2007

Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Choose

Stoics say freedom is an illusion. That's why they have no choice but to think deeply about the Grateful Dead.


Sunday, July 8 2007

Journeymen

Gypsy Caravan, a new documentary about a six-week tour featuring some of modernity's top Gypsy musicians, is an exceptional peek at life on the road, entwined with the history, and current state, of Gypsy culture.


Thursday, July 5 2007

Junior Samples, Rube Bard of Days Gone By

It takes an exceptional talent to make hick seem slick. Alvin “Junior” Samples had it.


Summer Must-Reads

Let authors Michael Bloomberg, Paris Hilton, John Travolta, and Bob Barker help you through the long dog days of summer with these new, engaging titles.


Wednesday, July 4 2007

Blood Art from Africa?

Everywhere one looks these days, the supposedly "forgotten" continent is under the glare of spotlights. But there is a thin line between patronage and plunder.


Monday, July 2 2007

Transformers: Autobotic Asphyxiation

Autobotic Asphyxiation occurs when someone crosses that thin, tremulous line separating a passionate hobby from an unhealthy obsession. Watch for these symptoms . . .


Sunday, July 1 2007

Stars in our Pies

Always wanted to invite a famous person over for dinner? You can dine with almost any one you want, every day, no linen napkin required.


Thursday, June 28 2007

Predatory Nature

Sharks, the legendary "terrors of the deep", are at the complete mercy of the fiercest predator of all. Let's show some mercy.


We All Fall Down

Are Estonians selling sheep as a rare breed of poodle to the Japanese? And other post-riot conversations...


Wednesday, June 27 2007

I’m Comin’ with the U-Haul, Baby

This One's for the Girls... I mean Women, or Rather Wymen... uh, Wimin... This One's for the Lesbians! Abernethy learns that society as a whole is relatively indifferent to the lesbian community, whether through acceptance, titillation, or oblivion.


Tuesday, June 26 2007

The Fannish Inquisition

Loyalty to the local team doesn't hold much water, these days. There's a hardcore Diaspora of sports fans who stubbornly refuse to go with the crowd.


Monday, June 25 2007

Attention. Deficit. Disorder.

Brad Listi's new novel realistically shows how Gen Xers perceive the world: it's full of random information that doesn't add up to an understanding of what life is all about.


Sunday, June 24 2007

A Matter of Morbid Elegance

While it may be hard to believe, horror imagery has its direct links in the visual variances of classic painting. It's all a matter of melancholic grace.


Thursday, June 21 2007

Hip-Hop at the Crossroad: Time, Testimony, & Identity

In the '90s, X-Clan took us "to the east". This year, the group returns from Mecca in "vanglorious" fashion.


Wednesday, June 20 2007

Seeking Some Reprieve

I can now wrench my hand away from a doe-eyed child miming hunger and clinging to me without losing my stride. One’s brain, as well as one’s bowels, are not always all right in Bangladesh.


Tuesday, June 19 2007

Foreign Invasion

In addition to the usual season of turisti, Italy is seeing an influx of immigrants, including the relatively well-heeled.


Monday, June 18 2007

Everything Is Permitted

"People have sent me college term papers that they've written about my stuff, which I think is funny because I didn't graduate from college. I guess I must be doing something right if people are connecting to it." Begrand talks with Pig Destroyer's JR Hayes about writing and recording the band's new album, Phantom Limb.


Sunday, June 17 2007

Surrender Yourself to the Attack of the Comedians

The truth hurts, but in the wake of our welts and bruises, if we've been properly assaulted, we're still laughing.


Thursday, June 14 2007

YSL? Why not?

For Yves Saint-Laurent, clothes are a way of life and not a way of dressing; you may be wearing the most anodyne of dresses, but if you walk with one hand in your pocket then you create a mind-set.


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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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