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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.


Tuesday, June 5 2007

Who Will Watch the Watchmen?

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

Billy Jack, the Original Blockbuster

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

The Fall of Foos

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.


Shit Happens

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

Boris, We Hardly Knew Ye

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.


Mixed Messages

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

The Evolution of Vintage

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: Brazilian Music Machine

Tom Zé, the tough sertanejo, should not be crossed. Eventually he will have his way.


Monday, May 28 2007

Tonight’s Episode: Psycho Cross-Dressing Killers

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

Little Punk Babies

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.


American Family Vacation

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

Dr. Dhaka’s Lonely Hearts Club

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

Hearts of Lions

The 1997 British & Irish Lions and the greatest sports movie of all time.


Monday, May 21 2007

Playing Pop in the Jazz/Soul Shadow

Layman shares Thai food with the band, and discusses the wonderfully uncategorizable music of The Jen Chapin Trio.


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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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