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Thursday, December 8 2005

Tech-tock: Technology the Time Saviour?

In their debut column on technology and culture, Osman and Springer consider a time-saving gadget... if they can just figure it out. And come to wonder which is the user, which the used.


Wednesday, December 7 2005

Good Night, Annie Lee Moss, and Good Luck

She knew the community and she knew the dynamics of life and activism in those perilous, McCarthy-era, pre-Rosa Parks days. What else did Annie Lee Moss know?


Monday, December 5 2005

Goodbye to Love

Romance -- or more specifically, the Romantic Comedy -- isn't dead; it's just been relegated to the '90s as said decade's defining genre de jour.


Sunday, December 4 2005

Ad Nauseum

With a WHUMP! on your doorstep that cracks the foundation, newspapers spread 'cheer' from Advertising Nation.


Where Have All the Black Girls Gone?

If a black woman ever needs reminding of the dearth of black female leads, she need only ask a white person what actress she most resembles. Chances are she'll hear 'Whoopi Goldberg' at some point.


Thursday, December 1 2005

Pickin’ Up the Pieces: Sampling from the Great Producers

What makes a hip-hop song dope? It's not just about the hook, it's not just about the drops, it's not just about the scratch chorus, and it sure as hell ain't about a salary; it's about a totality.


Wednesday, November 30 2005

Alito? No!

Is Judge Samuel Alito Jr. the right man for the Supreme Court? More right than you might believe.


The Good Old Days Tomorrow Brings

'Tis difficult for a modern man of means and ability to be the intellectually, culturally, environmentally, absolutely inclusively-thinking global specimen of the species the world demands of him. New Puritans and Neo-Cromwellians battle for his soul.


Tuesday, November 29 2005

One Wedding and Lots of Funerals

While many consider it a horror classic, Lanzagorta reveals the sensationally subversive underbelly -- thanks to director James Whale -- of 1935's Bride of Frankenstein.


Monday, November 28 2005

The Neo Neo-Realist

If you believe that Italians offered the best examples of neo-realism in cinema, think again. You haven't seen the mind-numbing dullness of true reality until you've witnessed the work of Coleman Francis.


Sunday, November 27 2005

Forever Undying

Metal's major players are getting more powerful as they get older. Their refusal to soften in accordance with their maturity proves but one thing: when it comes to metal, age ain't nothing but a number.


Tuesday, November 22 2005

Hiphop Négritude

The death of Radikal and other French hiphop magazines, due in no small part to the encroachment of 'French version' American publications, makes the possibilities of a new millennium négritude seem unlikely.


A Historicist Manifesto: Why Classical Matters

Classical music, as a culturally archaic archetype of stodginess, has long been disassociated from a contemporary relevance. Can we make it meaningful again now that we've told Beethoven to roll over?


Monday, November 21 2005

Jung and the Restless

Fun with media supersaturation as the realms of celebrity and the collective unconscious collide!


RedWebPop

On-line suicide clubs, pornographic blogs, lethal chat rooms, and killer confessionals: Japan's webbed world is often a murky realm where the psychologically meek meet the morally interrupted. A peek inside ReDot's weird wild web.


Norm!

While not necessarily looking for a place where everybody -- including the busboy -- knows your name, Horn would like to locate a new drinking establishment that offers a sitcom-style sense of community.


Sunday, November 20 2005

He’s All Mine: Laying Claim to Terrell Owens in the Culture Wars

In many ways, Owens' image, as it were, serves as a kind of proving ground in the culture wars that pit racist fans and media members against bleeding heart, amoral commentators.


Duck…Duck…Duck…GOOSE!

Think the castaways of Survivor are tough? Does Fear Factor represent the ultimate endurance test to you? Well, according to Gibron, they're nothing compared to one of Spain's most celebrated '90s game shows.


Thursday, November 17 2005

Cab Calloway: Original Rapper

Rhythmic emphases, rhyme infatuations, celebrations of decadence, slang, bling, and an overall manifestation of cool: Cab Calloway was hip-hop's preeminent godfather.


Wednesday, November 16 2005

The Holy Grails of Jazz

With reissues of music past, so much of history lives on to be rediscovered, over and over again. Yet one can't help but wonder how much has been forever lost.


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