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Wednesday, August 1 2007

In Orario: How to Be In Time in Italy

One could easily go hungry for lack of planning in certain parts of Italy. Best to learn the Italian concept of time if you want to survive here.


Tuesday, July 31 2007

Giant Catfish…Only a Noodle Away

Catfish are strong, eccentric characters that have for many years snubbed their bottom-feeding whiskered noses at the angling establishment. But still, they're suckers for a wiggling finger.


Monday, July 30 2007

Out in the Cold

HotHouse, a non-profit arts center in Chicago, embodied how beneficial a commitment to the arts could be, and surely this would override any business issues, I thought. I thought wrong.


Sunday, July 29 2007

The NAACP’s Mock Burial of Its Relevance

Our enemy is not the "N-word" itself; it’s whatever propels people to use it. We need healers, not language nannies.


Thursday, July 26 2007

A ‘Head’ of Its Time

In Head, a frighteningly original, career-defying work, The Monkees depict how they were forever trapped in a suffocating, inescapable situation.


Wednesday, July 25 2007

Who’s Doggin’ Who?

In the land of designer pet collars, pet cemeteries, even pet-themed restaurants and bakeries, dogfighting has reared its ugly head.


Tuesday, July 24 2007

Direct from the Speedy Streets of London

Reports of the Tour De France’s death have been greatly exaggerated. London's million-strong crowd was unrelentingly optimistic about the race and its future.


Monday, July 23 2007

Digesting The Raw Shark Texts

Words, these fundaments of culture and personal expression, these phonic constructions, which are so closely linked to human emotion and identity, have a profound destructive capacity.


Sunday, July 22 2007

Resurrections

The co-founder of the maverick reissue label the Numero Group talks about seeking out the eccentric, saving the unknown, and releasing only what you love.


Thursday, July 19 2007

Now, Check the Method

Brian Coleman's new book on classic hip-hop albums and Saigon's public rant offer rare behind-the-scenes glimpse of hip-hop's creative process.


The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach’s Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 4)

The music in Bergman's Saraband sets up numerous tensions that it never reconciles: listener and performer, individual and group, passive aestheticism and practical enactment. Music in Bergman's world offers hope, but it does not offer answers.


Wednesday, July 18 2007

Consent of the Governed

The election of gay officials isn't about promoting agenda; it's about electing the most qualified individuals.


Tuesday, July 17 2007

Boo-Ya!: The Sound and the Fury

A look at the reductive, self-indulgent, misguided claptrap that passes for the majority of sports broadcasting these days.


Monday, July 16 2007

Make Love, Not War? Why Not Have It Both Ways?

Dropping a "gay bomb" on enemy soldiers might prove to distract them, yes, but these incapacitants, though no less harsh, will make the enemy forget what they were ever fighting for.


Sunday, July 15 2007

The Uighur Sanction, or, The Squeaky Jesus Gets the Fig

A Muslim's fasting irritates him – if you've ever spent the month of Ramadan in a Muslim country, you know what I mean. An Evangelical Christian's proselytizing irritates others. Dick Cheney irritates everyone.


Thursday, July 12 2007

Elitist Dumpster Divers

Freegans might seem like environmental crusaders, but they parasitically glean the leavings of those they deride, the people who have actually struggled to make a difficult peace with an imperfect economic system.


We Are What We Think About What We Eat

Why is literature about food -- read in a state of inner solitude, much like the experience of dining alone -- so alluring?


Wednesday, July 11 2007

Family Matters

A well-rounded musical background is crucial -- otherwise, you could end up like a friend of mine, who had never heard Jimmy Soul's "If You Wanna Be Happy for the Rest of Your Life", and so felt lost during some hand-clapping good times at the bar last weekend.


Tuesday, July 10 2007

Vexed by Beauty

Whom next to blame for society’s infatuation with beguiling young women?


Monday, July 9 2007

Freedom’s Just Another Word for Nothing Left to Choose

Stoics say freedom is an illusion. That's why they have no choice but to think deeply about the Grateful Dead.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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