Sunday, June 4 2006
Even as black America continues to battle crime, violence, and death from within and hostile political and economic policy from beyond, it can be useful to occasionally look back through the haze and marvel at the richness of our individual stories. Two such stories: Floyd Patterson and Fats Domino.
Wednesday, May 31 2006
Though it was written over a half century ago, and the only film adaptation was helmed during the tumultuous and turbulent '60s, Fahrenheit 451 remains a classic sci-fi treasure. Our literary lady of letters believes that now just might be the right time for a remake.
Tuesday, May 30 2006
The Lovely Club and Mao's Tomb not only seem like two different Chinas from on another -- they seem to be on two different planets.
Zorro has a few pointed barbs he'd like to personally deliver to El Presidente, Jorge Bush.
Monday, May 29 2006
The stratum of the human species we're studying here is a prevalent, yet often elusive breed.
Thursday, May 25 2006
Who's the perfect silent film comedian for our techno-centric age? Here's a hint: he's the classic 'stoneface' who made machines his friends, not his entertainment enemies, during the course of his amazing cinematic career.
Wednesday, May 24 2006
Athletes such as Japanese slugger Hideki Matsui prop up the national psyche at a time when youth crime, economic decline, and political dysfunction are at their highest.
Monday, May 22 2006
Manchester united around something other than soccer on Good Friday, as rock, religion and theatre came together for a unique presentation of Christ's crucifixion.
Sunday, May 21 2006
De La Hoya's flashy smile and cosmopolitan demeanor are signs of a sellout for many boxing fans.
Thursday, May 18 2006
If people are no longer as interested in classical music as a cerebral escape from the banalities of the everyday, then certain producers of classical recordings are willing to embrace this cultural condition by selling Bach not as an alternative to popular image culture, but as a part of it.
Wednesday, May 17 2006
The long, strange trip of seminal metal band Celtic Frost is unexpectedly outfitted with a new plot twist: a new record that redefines a career over 20 years after it began.
Tuesday, May 16 2006
When is trading 'races' not as entertaining -- or insightful -- as trading spaces? When it's all part of FX's highly implausible 'social experiment', an idea fated to fail from the first smudge of groan-inducing greasepaint.
Monday, May 15 2006
Life in Egypt is life in a 'cheerful police state'.
Sunday, May 14 2006
With the connection between tots and terror as tenuous as ever, it's time to celebrate a pair of shows that meld the minor to the macabre with equal amounts of horror... and hilarity.
Thursday, May 11 2006
Rounder Records' new tween collective, a manufactured group of girls with inflexibly 'distinct personalities', is little more than harmless fun for a very specific target market. But what potential effects will Girl Authority have on the developing identity of its audience?
Wednesday, May 10 2006
As skiffle's working-class trailblazer, Lonnie Donegan infused '50s British rock 'n' roll with a regional accent and music-hall comedy style missing from the popular American exports.
Tuesday, May 9 2006
Call it 'trading races' or 'playing princess and the pauper', it is the latest trend in the world of reality television. But oppression swapping has a disingenuous side; one that makes this format more problematic than empowering.
Monday, May 8 2006
The UK and US are often accused of promulgating the cult of celebrity because of their post-industrialist, neo-liberal take on the world that sees culture as a commodity. France, however, is guilty of pandering to the cult of mediocrity.
Sunday, May 7 2006
While polygamy has a place in the study of human history and culture, it has long been considered taboo. Leave it to HBO and its new hit drama series to make this socially profane subject seem... almost normal.
Thursday, May 4 2006
The quest for a perfect synthesis of public and private existence may lead us to online 'metaverses' where we don't really exist at all.