Wednesday, June 13 2007
Purposefully ending one's life is often seen as a last act of personal desperation. But in Jefferey Eugenides' poignant, bewitching novel, it may actually be a form of salvation.
Tuesday, June 12 2007
The underlying motivation to save Horizons West was about Sticking It to The Man. Us versus Them. Punk culture versus conformist culture. Poor against rich. All, interestingly enough, attitudes heavy in the subtext of the Z-Boys movies.
Monday, June 11 2007
When a "Gravity's Rainbow" perpetually hangs over one's head, dare one feel sunny, happy, optimistic? Or should the storm which brought the rainbow always prevail in one's thoughts?
Sunday, June 10 2007
To borrow a buzz phrase from earlier this decade, if the President stops dancing the malaria dance, the terrorists will win.
Thursday, June 7 2007
By making Beethoven's Ninth an image of our humanity, we have conditioned ourselves to filter out all of those elements in the music that make it a worthwhile (if troubling) listening experience.
Wednesday, June 6 2007
This is a story about food. Specifically, the transformative powers of the humble udon noodle.
Tuesday, June 5 2007
To reduce Watchmen to just another superhero movie is to miss the point entirely, and one can't help but anticipate that the result will have all the cultural relevance of a supermarket paperback novelization of Citizen Kane.
Monday, June 4 2007
Through the era-defining "Billy Jack" character, director Tom Laughlin pushed the outlandish, over-the-top event movie into the motion picture mainstream.
Sunday, June 3 2007
Though it is an endangered spectacle in today's taverns, foosball was once king among bar games, attracting hustlers and spawning tournaments that paid out hundreds of thousands in prize winnings.
No-one wants to talk seriously about toilets. Poke around in the hidden corners of The Poop Report, and you’ll come to see there's a lot more to it than tales about the trots.
Thursday, May 31 2007
With the former Russian president's passing, Thompson recounts his visits to Yeltsin's Russia, and recalls what his Russian friends thought of Boris Yeltsin.
I want the music I love to speak for me, but I can't control what it's going to say.
Wednesday, May 30 2007
One of the glaring paradoxes of technological evolution is its ability to reconnect us to history. And if we know anything about human nature, it's that as we step into the future, we always look back.
Tuesday, May 29 2007
Tom Zé, the tough sertanejo, should not be crossed. Eventually he will have his way.
Monday, May 28 2007
The history of TV is lacking GLBT characters. But on which shows should they have appeared? If ever someone needed a friend that was a tool-toting lesbian, for example, it was Lucy Ricardo.
Thursday, May 24 2007
As Evelyn McDonnell's new book illustrates, motherhood should be neither something done on the side, nor something that pushes everything else away, and it's that balance that our culture and government can be striving for.
Roller coasters are fun, vacations are fun, and parks are fun. So why are vacations at roller coaster parks no longer any fun?
Wednesday, May 23 2007
For the Bengalis, dating and marriage are integrally intertwined with familial love. For a single female visitor, a creative spin on extended family relations helps with the curious doorman.
Tuesday, May 22 2007
The 1997 British & Irish Lions and the greatest sports movie of all time.
Monday, May 21 2007
Layman shares Thai food with the band, and discusses the wonderfully uncategorizable music of The Jen Chapin Trio.