Columns

Sunday, December 9 2007

Young Upstarts and Wily Veterans

If you thought Satan couldn't invent a few new rides for you, you obviously forgot that he's got all the time in the world and plenty of cheap labor -- and other thoughts on the 2007 roots music scene.


Trouble in Shopaholicstan

If those slim hipped, cigarette smoking, small-portion eating, fast-walking chic Parisians are going to flaunt their fashion sense in Jersey while taking advantage of the weak dollar, then we really must seal our borders.


Thursday, December 6 2007

Paul Krugman’s ‘The Conscience of a Liberal’

Krugman may be hoping to discredit the very label conservative, so that it could be used as a cudgel the way liberal had been used by the Limbaughs of the world the past few decades.


Wednesday, December 5 2007

Schroeder’s Dilemma: The Christmas Carol, as Lucy Likes It

The Christmas carol is neither high art nor popular claptrap; it is neither austerely sacred nor tritely popular; it is both timeless and timely, traditional and modern.


Tuesday, December 4 2007

Save the Drama for Your Mama

Sons and Lovers gave author D.H. Lawrence a chance to work out all his Oedipal issues. Too bad the film adaptations have been less than enlightening.


Monday, December 3 2007

Mic’d Up

Karaoke: Those who can't, do anyway; those who wish they could, only watch in mute rapture.


Sunday, December 2 2007

Learning from Latin America’s Media Pirates

Today’s illicit “DVD factory” in a corner of Paraguay might tomorrow become a node in a democratic, grassroots distribution network for Latin American media.


Thursday, November 29 2007

George Formby: Tangled in the Roots of British Rock Humor

Full of cheeky wordplay and double entendres, Formby continually tweaked the sensibilities of the staunchly conservative British establishment with saucy narratives that left little to the imagination.


Wednesday, November 28 2007

New American Gladiators: The Rise of Mixed Martial Arts

Initially seen as little more than back alley brawlers scrapping for beer money, MMA has found sporting legitimacy in meteoric fashion – this kind of fighting offers a truly global and democratic way to kick someone's ass.


Tuesday, November 27 2007

Business is Still Good: Inside Megadeth’s Warchest

With 11 studio albums behind them, including the very good United Abominations this past summer, Megadeth's sound has become so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget just how unique they sounded when they started making waves in the metal scene more than two decades ago.


Monday, November 26 2007

Hooked by Antique Lures

Who is more captive to the prized antique fishing lure, fish or fisherman? With fishing, what you catch, or what catches your fancy, is not always in the water.


Sunday, November 25 2007

One Man’s Trash…

However unseemly and excessive this market may seem, the fact is that ever since there have been celebrities, there have been people rooting through their rubbish.


Horror Cinema By the Numbers

Technology is not the only reason for the recent worldwide glut in horror films. Ease of access and influence also contribute to their continuing creation.


Tuesday, November 20 2007

Big Brass at the Disco

Shantel has accomplished the most daunting task imaginable in this genre: making an accessible pop record with tubas, trumpets and dumbeks, and our response remains among the greatest of human pleasures: we dance.


Monday, November 19 2007

Financial Fantasies

What truly moves markets is a mystery, but what moves humans to participate is pure fantasy.


Sunday, November 18 2007

Writers – Who Needs ‘em? A Solution to the Writer’s Strike

A bold proposal regarding our massive backlog of pop culture artifacts and the potential recycling thereof, ad infinitum.


Transatlantic (American) Football

PopMatters columnist, hyperventilating with hero worship, rushes the NFL in London.


Thursday, November 15 2007

It’s a World of Hope, It’s a World of Fear

GLBT persons in the West face various acts of discrimination. At least state-sanctioned murder isn't among them.


Wednesday, November 14 2007

A Laughing Dilemma, Revealed

Jazz and its fans have grown all too serious. The genre could use a clown prince or two.


Tuesday, November 13 2007

Don’t Keep Your Philosophy Under Your (Mr.) Hat

The point of philosophy going pop is not to exalt the ivory tower and herd people inside; it’s to give philosophers a chance to leave.


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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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