Monday, July 30 2007
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
The election of gay officials isn't about promoting agenda; it's about electing the most qualified individuals.
Tuesday, July 17 2007
A look at the reductive, self-indulgent, misguided claptrap that passes for the majority of sports broadcasting these days.
Monday, July 16 2007
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
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
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.
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
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
Whom next to blame for society’s infatuation with beguiling young women?
Monday, July 9 2007
Stoics say freedom is an illusion. That's why they have no choice but to think deeply about the Grateful Dead.
Sunday, July 8 2007
Gypsy Caravan, a new documentary about a six-week tour featuring some of modernity's top Gypsy musicians, is an exceptional peek at life on the road, entwined with the history, and current state, of Gypsy culture.
Thursday, July 5 2007
It takes an exceptional talent to make hick seem slick. Alvin “Junior” Samples had it.