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Monday, July 2 2007

Transformers: Autobotic Asphyxiation

Autobotic Asphyxiation occurs when someone crosses that thin, tremulous line separating a passionate hobby from an unhealthy obsession. Watch for these symptoms . . .


Sunday, July 1 2007

Stars in our Pies

Always wanted to invite a famous person over for dinner? You can dine with almost any one you want, every day, no linen napkin required.


Thursday, June 28 2007

Predatory Nature

Sharks, the legendary "terrors of the deep", are at the complete mercy of the fiercest predator of all. Let's show some mercy.


We All Fall Down

Are Estonians selling sheep as a rare breed of poodle to the Japanese? And other post-riot conversations...


Wednesday, June 27 2007

I’m Comin’ with the U-Haul, Baby

This One's for the Girls... I mean Women, or Rather Wymen... uh, Wimin... This One's for the Lesbians! Abernethy learns that society as a whole is relatively indifferent to the lesbian community, whether through acceptance, titillation, or oblivion.


Tuesday, June 26 2007

The Fannish Inquisition

Loyalty to the local team doesn't hold much water, these days. There's a hardcore Diaspora of sports fans who stubbornly refuse to go with the crowd.


Monday, June 25 2007

Attention. Deficit. Disorder.

Brad Listi's new novel realistically shows how Gen Xers perceive the world: it's full of random information that doesn't add up to an understanding of what life is all about.


Sunday, June 24 2007

A Matter of Morbid Elegance

While it may be hard to believe, horror imagery has its direct links in the visual variances of classic painting. It's all a matter of melancholic grace.


Thursday, June 21 2007

Hip-Hop at the Crossroad: Time, Testimony, & Identity

In the '90s, X-Clan took us "to the east". This year, the group returns from Mecca in "vanglorious" fashion.


Wednesday, June 20 2007

Seeking Some Reprieve

I can now wrench my hand away from a doe-eyed child miming hunger and clinging to me without losing my stride. One’s brain, as well as one’s bowels, are not always all right in Bangladesh.


Tuesday, June 19 2007

Foreign Invasion

In addition to the usual season of turisti, Italy is seeing an influx of immigrants, including the relatively well-heeled.


Monday, June 18 2007

Everything Is Permitted

"People have sent me college term papers that they've written about my stuff, which I think is funny because I didn't graduate from college. I guess I must be doing something right if people are connecting to it." Begrand talks with Pig Destroyer's JR Hayes about writing and recording the band's new album, Phantom Limb.


Sunday, June 17 2007

Surrender Yourself to the Attack of the Comedians

The truth hurts, but in the wake of our welts and bruises, if we've been properly assaulted, we're still laughing.


Thursday, June 14 2007

YSL? Why not?

For Yves Saint-Laurent, clothes are a way of life and not a way of dressing; you may be wearing the most anodyne of dresses, but if you walk with one hand in your pocket then you create a mind-set.


Wednesday, June 13 2007

The Lisbon Bunch

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

Z-Boys, Cool Losers

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

Come Back to the Five-and-Dime, Soylent Green, Soylent Green

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

Smokey and the Bandit

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

On Lexus, Hairapy, and the Scherzo from Beethoven’s Ninth (with a nod to Kubrick)

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

You Are Where You Eat

This is a story about food. Specifically, the transformative powers of the humble udon noodle.


//Mixed media
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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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