Columns

Wednesday, April 18 2007

“Faggot! Sissy! Queer!”

Increasingly, the sound echoing from our school playgrounds is the sound of hatred and bigotry.


Tuesday, April 17 2007

Deep ’Desh

The minute I step out of my flat, Bangladesh drags me into its unique intensity; and without home as a point of reference, I am left without my level of reasoning.


Monday, April 16 2007

Read Rage

Moving others to constructive action, whether by persuasive or expository means, as Gutkind has done with Rage and Reconciliation, is the hallmark of socially-engaged literature.


Sunday, April 15 2007

We Like to Watch

Far more prescient today than it was 36 years ago, Jerzy Kosiński’s darkly comic novel of media and politics, Being There, lives on, thanks in part to Hal Ashby's marvelous 1979 motion picture adaptation.


Thursday, April 12 2007

The Little Label That Could: An Interview With Cryptogramophone’s Jeff Gauthier

"I want every album I produce to take the listener on a journey, perhaps to places they've never been before." Cryptogramophone Records founder Gauthier talks L.A. jazz, musical community, and embracing change.


Wednesday, April 11 2007

Is Obama the Last in a Long Line of Firsts?

It doesn’t even matter if your achievement isn’t something a lot of people might want to emulate; you’ll go to your grave eulogized as the “first black (fill-in-the-blank)”, and every Black History Month someone will remember your name.


Tuesday, April 10 2007

Please Do Not Remain Seated

Sometimes small gestures contain larger meanings. For me, the decision to sit rather than stand at a concert is a sign of giving up on the youthful exuberance that defines the rock concert experience.


Monday, April 9 2007

Life on Mars: Just in The Nick of Time

If there is life on Mars, then the little green men are really the men in blue, and they look just like us.


Sunday, April 8 2007

The Meaning (wink, wink) of Life

Welcome to Pop Goes Philosophy by various authors with Open Court Publishing; where philosophers find deep meaning in the depths, and at least a tiny ray of reflection in the shallows, of all that is pop culture.


Thursday, April 5 2007

On Revolutions, Civil War and Dictators: The Work of Ryszard Kapuscinski

Kapuscinski, a master of subjective journalism, once referred to news agency reporters as “terrible victims of information”.


Wednesday, April 4 2007

The Marleys and Mind Control

The efforts of major corporations to disarm their consumers is a reminder that music used to be judged by how it made the listener feel, not how many times it was downloaded.


Tuesday, April 3 2007

Nobody Likes a Quitter

Giving up cigarettes – an odyssey of shame, debasement and despair.


Monday, April 2 2007

Ed Zern: The Fisher King of Droll

Like any curmudgeon, Ed Zern criticized everything, including himself, the sport, and other anglers because they all periodically blocked his path to the river.


Sunday, April 1 2007

Slacker or Hero?: A Taste of the Life of a Video Game Tester

Video Game Testers are rather like UN weapons inspectors (and have about as much credibility, now that I think about it).


Side Show Suckers

For those waiting on a cold night for a shrunken head, a vampire-killing silver bullet, and the last, nasty little shred of Abe Lincoln, they would only be misled and deceived, yet again.


Thursday, March 29 2007

Almost Auteurs: Elaine May

Elaine May's untapped filmmaking promise remains as recognizable as her realized films, ranging from the acclaimed The Heartbreak Kid to the disastrous Ishtar. She is missed as a filmmaking force.


Wednesday, March 28 2007

A Miscarriage of Justice: The WWE and Political Campaigning

The time has come to admit to ourselves that young America's polite indifference towards partisan politics and the wrestling industry stems from the uncomfortable but increasingly undeniable fact that the two have grown indistinguishable from one another.


Tuesday, March 27 2007

The Director with Roots in Hell

Step right up folks, don't be shy. There's room for even the most sophisticated film fan when it comes to the exploitation excess of grindhouse pioneer Dwain Esper.


Monday, March 26 2007

Let Them Swim! The Office Pool and State Morality

Even churning out those dreaded, redundant reports by the glare of fluorescent lights becomes more bearable when tourney time rolls around.


Behind the Music

It's impossible to listen to music in a vacuum, to take the sound of a band on its own merits. There are so many outside factors at play – reviews, friends opinions, larger cultural influences . . .


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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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