Columns

Wednesday, September 13 2006

If You Love Tupac, Help Find His Killer

Because Tupac and Biggie were -- and are -- so famous, a massive cry for breaks in the cases would signal to the world that the Hip-Hop Nation, that amorphous band of young people blamed for all the ills of urban life from drugs in the streets to questionable taste in fashion, does in fact care about something bigger than bling.


Tuesday, September 12 2006

Towering Concerns

It's admirable that people want our culture to strive for relevance and depth in its filmmaking and film watching, but our desperate grasping for real world ideals has dissolved our sense of cinematic values.


Monday, September 11 2006

A Need for Nerds

Now more than ever, as we stumble along the dark, uncertain path of These Troubled Times, we need our brainiacs to help illuminate the way.


Sunday, September 10 2006

An Overheard Conversation Concerning Musical Taste

'But who determines the criteria by which one determines if something is well formed?' A debate of taste rages in a small field outside Maryland.


Thursday, September 7 2006

Monkey Business

Performers in monkey suits hitting each other with mallets? Is that all that's left of Ernie Kovacs' television legacy? It's the subject up for debate during this overview of the more or less forgotten funnyman.


Wednesday, September 6 2006

Notes from Underground

Begrand hits the traveling metal show Sounds of the Underground for nine hours of mayhem, moshing, and merch. And though this town's put the kibosh on mosh, there's plenty of familiar sights and sounds, from Metallica wannabes to papier-mâché phalluses.


Tuesday, September 5 2006

Rock Steady Revelations

How far from traditional Bronx breaking can one go before hiphop dance is no longer quite hiphop dance?


Monday, September 4 2006

Discovery: Internet!

Join our guide on a tour of the Internet, where stealthy sexual predators, docile digerati, pathetic loners, and vast, roaming herds of the dangerously overinformed roam freely in their habitat.


Thursday, August 31 2006

Why Hip-Hop Sucks, Part 3

There's good hip-hop and there's mediocre hip-hop. The latter is outnumbering the former.


Wednesday, August 30 2006

The Skeleton of My Dead Child

Eric Von Stroheim would have been a fantastic television director, free to spin out 13-hour movies as a full season of edgy, mature, character-driven drama.


Tuesday, August 29 2006

It’s Not Just a Job… It’s a Dead End

An appeal to those who feel drawn to military service out of economic necessity.


Monday, August 28 2006

Five Colors Rock Taiwan

Che Guevara, John Lennon, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein -- and Taiwan's late DPP legislator Lu Hsiu-yi -- all met up on a rock 'n' roll stage to rouse up a revolution.


Five Colors Rock Taiwan

Che Guevara, John Lennon, Mother Teresa, Albert Einstein -- and Taiwan's late DPP legislator Lu Hsiu-yi -- all met up on a rock 'n' roll stage to rouse up a revolution.


Sunday, August 27 2006

Foreigners in Foreign Lands, Part II: Exotic Occidentals

The second in a series of two examinations of foreign musicians, in which the Devil returns, literally, to China, to suss out those abusing the 'foreign' tag.


Thursday, August 24 2006

Bubblegum Pops the (Counter-)Culture

Fake and faceless, bubblegum pop in the late '60s and early '70s offended the prevailing rock myths of artistic creativity and rugged opposition to the powers-that-be.


Wednesday, August 23 2006

Bi the Way…

Bisexuals are the oft-overlooked segment of the GLBT and straight communities.


Tuesday, August 22 2006

Summer in the Cities

It is time to face a fundamental vacation truth: no matter how post-touristic we like to think we are, no matter how much money we throw at travelling halfway around the world in order to escape our mundane routine lives, there are only two types of holiday-goer and both are of the Real Touristik variety.


Monday, August 21 2006

Mass Xceptance: The Too-Discovered Country of Extreme Sports

In playing up the punk rock, DIY ethos of skaters, surf bums, and adrenaline junkies, the X Games (and extreme sports in general) have edged their way forward from the margins of sports culture and now boast a committed following - not least the predatory advertising industry.


Sunday, August 20 2006

Oh, the Tangled Webs We Weave

The apparent escape into the cultural niches available online will eventually lead directly into data-collecting advertisers' traps.


Wednesday, August 16 2006

The Gruesome Gazettes Part 2: Fangoria and Beyond

Horror fandom finds its gruesome, gory touchstone in this second half of our look at genre publications, and its arrival signals a real renaissance in the power and influence of motion picture macabre.


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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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