Tuesday, December 5 2006

Who Owns What?: Engaging the Fog of Hip-Hop

How do the "artist" and "critic" reconcile each other's presence? How literally must one walk this way in order to talk that way?

Monday, December 4 2006

Run, Hillary! Run!

As the weakened state of the Republicans augurs well for a Democratic president in 2008, a veritable flood of candidates has joined Clinton as the race begins. She begins her run with name recognition and plenty of monetary backing, yet she is far from a shoo-in.

Sunday, December 3 2006

Gerald Levert and the Black Pop Nobody Knows, but Should

To paraphrase the dead prez: Black pop is way, way bigger than Oprah, or Cosby, or LeBron James. Why, black pop is even bigger than hip-hop.

Thursday, November 30 2006

It’s Gotta Be the Shoes, Money

Stephon Marbury's new fashion line positions him as the anti-Michael Jordan of the NBA.

Wednesday, November 29 2006

Stumbling with Nail Clippers

It was one of the most talked about tomes upon its release. Unfortunately, our literary liaison for all things film thinks that Augusten Burrough's mesmerizing memoir was definitely defanged in the cinematic translation.

Tuesday, November 28 2006

Jock Jams

I'm getting giddy imagining Chuck Klosterman and Cam'ron having a two-minute bull session on the Who's return to relevance, or, better yet, figuring out a logical way to deal with Lil' Kim.

Monday, November 27 2006

The Situational Ethicist

In which our resident ethical expert contends: Ethics may complicate, but absolute ethics complicate absolutely.

Sunday, November 26 2006

Dreck the Halls

For every cinematic stocking full of shiny bright goodies, there are large filmic lumps of dirty old coal.

Tuesday, November 21 2006

Looking for the Perfect Off-Beat

This one is for the Afro-punks and black rockers and everyone else who doesn't see their hearts and minds reflected in what passes for mainstream black music nowadays.

Monday, November 20 2006

Bridesmaids Revisited

Take it from someone who knows, really knows; bridesmaiding is not glamorous work, but a hard slog at buffering the bride and groom in the social occasion war zone -- you are putting your body on the line.

Sunday, November 19 2006

Talk of Two Cities

In this final installment of Arabesque, Ursula Lindsey tries (and fails) to say goodbye to Cairo.

Thursday, November 16 2006

Gay Icons: Judy Who?

Our choice for icons is about more than just high camp and melodrama; it's about who we are in a fundamental way.

Wednesday, November 15 2006

Analingus and the Borat Antidote for Cultural Thin Skin

He's the most polarizing figure in recent pop culture history, and our mainstream movie maven is here to tell us why that's a good thing - for comedy and for society.

The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach’s Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 2)

In the second installment of an ongoing discussion of Bach and Bergman, Jenkins examines the communicative power of Bach's sarabande in Through a Glass Darkly.

Tuesday, November 14 2006

The End of Your Life of One-Size-Fits-All Web Content

Web 2.0 technology and its current, epitomized representative, Second Life, is the beginning of the end of your first life.

Monday, November 13 2006

Freedom from Choice

Thanks to an ever diversifying market, our consumer choices are supposed to reveal precisely what we prefer. But is all this choice overwhelming our personal preferences and sweeping us up into futile overconsumption?

Sunday, November 12 2006

Feel Better than You’ve Ever Looked Before

There's a quiet revolution happening in self-improvement: rather than addressing our lives from the inside-out, we're now addressing them from the outside-in.

Thursday, November 9 2006

There is No Spoon

Trick photography? Optical experimentation? The purposeful playing with the cinematic language? Russian filmmaker Dziga Vertov was doing it all, decades before a certain sci-fi film challenged the notion of perception vs. reality.

Wednesday, November 8 2006

Open Wide, the Gates of Hell

The enigmatic Danes in Mercyful Fate took such a straight-faced, deadly serious approach to its satanic themes that we were unsure whether it was all a big piss-take, or if they really meant it.

Tuesday, November 7 2006

Fear Factoring: Part 2

In this second of a two-part examination on the roles that fan appreciation, critical consideration, and subject matter play on categorizing horror film, our resident macabre master argues that unlike other cinematic genres, the basic tenets of the terror experience can change from year-to-year, generation-to-generation.

//Mixed media

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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