Columns

Sunday, February 10 2008

Say It Ain’t So, Senator

Concerned that steroids will ruin baseball? Perhaps there's a greater threat to the game: Congress.


Thursday, February 7 2008

Jesus Loves Me, This I Know

A Christian nation wouldn't accept homosexuality. The big question, then, is whether America is a Christian nation.


Wednesday, February 6 2008

Discipline and Punish: The Official Functions

Like characters in some morality play, referees are greeted with boos, taunts, profanity, and, on occasion, worse.


Tuesday, February 5 2008

When Pets are Past Their Prime

Retirement homes for elderly herbivores and posthumous plans for your pet should you kick the proverbial bucket of water, first.


Monday, February 4 2008

Burning Down the House

A pack and purge process got Nishimoto to thinking about Jay Electronica, who may be the M.I.A. that hip-hop has been waiting for.


Sunday, February 3 2008

A How-to for Hillary

How we want Hillary to appear before us says a whole lot more about us than it does about her.


Thursday, January 31 2008

Creating Japan: The Truth About the Myth

Separated lovers, a hero, a villain, creepy surrogates, immortal power, the wrath of the gods, a perilous journey to hell and back, a breakneck chase, daring escapes, fortune, and an ending that will make you cry yourself to sleep.


Wednesday, January 30 2008

The Gap: Bix Beiderbecke

It's never too late to get hip to a good thing. I've finally opened my ears to '20s-era Bix Biederbecke.


Tuesday, January 29 2008

Film’s Last Taboo

Social hype has given your basic brats a media Teflon coating. Has the time finally come to make them pay?


Monday, January 28 2008

The Design Imperative

No longer a prole with a dirty toilet, thanks to that fancy toiletbrush in hand, one becomes a fledgling design critic and a curator of the tastefully appointed museum that used to be a one-bedroom apartment.


Sunday, January 27 2008

Love from the ‘90s, Mix-Tape Style

Rob Sheffield's Love is a Mix Tape interprets a recent decade in the ever-shifting sound of the universal language.


The Real Surreal World

Why are the most visceral, defining moments in our life often perceived as unreal or dream-like?


Thursday, January 24 2008

The ‘Dewussification’ of Texas

The Texas Jewboys' fan base mutated into a hodge-podge collection of unconventional mavericks, spanning Hells Angels bikers, hardened hippies, and down-to-earth country folk.


Wednesday, January 23 2008

Bass Makes the World Go ‘Round

As Hamsa Lila knows, the heart and soul of trance lies in the passionate intensity performed by its players.


Tuesday, January 22 2008

The Flying Dartsmen

“Steve Beaton -- The Adonis of darts, what poise, what elegance -- a true roman gladiator with plenty of hair wax.”


Monday, January 21 2008

In Defense of the Popcorn Movie

Wanna get me off my DVD-lovin' couch and into a movie theater? Then gimme the movies that make me feel like a 14-year-old.


Sunday, January 20 2008

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back (A Eulogy for the E Street Sound)

When it comes to his work with the E Street Band, Springsteen seems to have tempered or even jettisoned other songwriting trademarks, such as the sense of place that informed so many of his songs.


Thursday, January 17 2008

The Attention of Last Resort

Instead of promoting the sharing of ideas and opinions among friends, social networking sites promote posturing and marketing, friendship as spectatorship, surveillance, and imitation, and give us the attention we crave.


Wednesday, January 16 2008

Restoring Intellectual Day

It rankles my sensibilities that great music is considered "timeless" and therefore Handel's music still "means" today whatever it was it meant in his own time.


Tuesday, January 15 2008

101 Hip-Hop Albums of 2007

A hundred and one reasons why hip-hop is not dead, say these three opinionators.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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