Columns

Wednesday, January 24 2007

Burning Ambitions

The Ashes is among the oldest sporting rivalries in the world. It just happens to define two nations.


Tuesday, January 23 2007

Calling William Castle!

What we need today is a man who is willing to subject himself to ridicule, disrespect, and misrepresentation, all in the name of motion picture propaganda – someone like William Castle.


Monday, January 22 2007

The Sounds of Now, Part Three: Anthony Braxton and the Ethics of Improvisation

Jenkins's latest installment in a series of contemporary composer profiles discusses Anthony Braxton, who seems to have looked to music as a means not to erase or ignore cultural dissonance but rather to confront it directly.


Sunday, January 21 2007

Wish or Wishout You

Move over, MySpace, Amazon.com's 'who you are is what you buy' Wish List is the new hip virtual community.


Thursday, January 18 2007

A Good Return for Our Toil

This is what married people do for one another.


Wednesday, January 17 2007

The Most Powerful Woman in Hollywood

At one time, she was the most powerful woman in Hollywood's paternalistic boy's club. So why is Mary Pickford merely a forgotten cinematic icon today? The answer seems, sadly, to be a matter of personal, not professional drive.


Tuesday, January 16 2007

Tapping the ‘Wire’

The Wire's season-ending musical montage was a culmination, in many ways, of a season filled with musical meaning.


Monday, January 15 2007

Death Watch

Guessing whether a celebrity is dead or alive has become something of a modern-day parlor game.


A New Year’s Career

Mental note: sincerity doesn't count for much in the job-hunting game.


Sunday, January 14 2007

Re-Seizing the Time

For all the gains we’ve made in electoral politics and community leadership, there has yet to be a successor to the Black Panther Party as a nationally organized, politically oriented body speaking out and working on the vanguard in the name of black progress, directly confronting and challenging the powers-that-be.


Thursday, January 11 2007

A World Shares the Stage

Beres inspects the 'major guitar and string theme' at this year's globalFEST event in New York, which will host music from Brazil, Cape Verde, Paris, and beyond.


Wednesday, January 10 2007

Constant Digital Craving

Screw the soup, Mr. – little Oliver wants a PS3.


Hit Me With Your Rhythm Shtick:  The Life and Rhymes of Ian Dury

Ian Dury's subversive humor gently ribbed the eccentrics within his own class-culture. His caricatures were vicarious self-parodies, pre-emptive strikes fending off a dominant middle-class inclined to more demeaning and patronizing portraits of its "inferiors".


Tuesday, January 9 2007

Honey Hush

Popular songs like Da Muzicianz' 'Hush' suggests that it's not only okay, but romantic and positive to assume to know what a woman wants, and to act in her best interests, while she may not say otherwise.


Monday, January 8 2007

Mixed Pickles

A profile of rogue taxidermists, also known as artists who pay tribute to the overlooked detritus of the natural world, of which death is only a part.


Sunday, January 7 2007

The Ugly Duckling has Two Daddies

We are surrounded by a large population that simply flaunts its homosexualness at us -- flagrantly, shamelessly, and completely uncontrollably.


Thursday, January 4 2007

Word Problems: The Snitch’s Dilemma

What if you and your friend were arrested and you were offered leniency in exchange for information about your friend or "the streets"? The hip-hop community believes the very existence of the deal begs us to reconsider our concepts of loyalty and law enforcement.


Wednesday, January 3 2007

If You Can’t Say Something Nice…

Our resident wit offers up the excerpts and highlights from the best celebrity roasts in 2006.


It’s a Mall World

The mega mall shopping experience -- the mall as a multi-purpose space, an extension of the living room and social scene -- is relatively new in Manila.


Tuesday, January 2 2007

The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach’s Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 3)

What Vogler hears in Bach is both the acknowledgement of the eternal sameness of our lives and the spiritual longing for untainted pure being -- Bach attains transcendence only through the transmutation of human despair and eternal sameness.


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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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