Columns

Monday, July 10 2006

“Thunder”‘s Blunder

The Box Office Belletrist -- Thunder's Blunder -- Hyams and company managed to take an excellent metaphor for man's technological hubris and strip it of all importance.


Sunday, July 9 2006

Stars

If it's July, it's time for another installment of CBS's voyeuristic reality series. Unfortunately, while she loves the show, our arbiter of televised treats isn't thrilled with the 'all star' format.


Wednesday, July 5 2006

MTV’s New Post-modern Voyeurism

Known for its televisual lows over the years, MTV seems to have struck a nerve with its latest scandalous offerings: a showcase for insufferable materialism, and a competition where racist slurs are rewarded as a winning strategy.


Tuesday, July 4 2006

Pleased as Punch

Purple Mountain Majesties... Revisited.


Thursday, June 29 2006

Melodic Patriotism: A Look at Some Lesser-Known Pieces for the Fourth of July

In observance of Independence Day, Jenkins examines some overlooked classical manifestations of American patriotism that may be more appropriate than Tchaikovsky's US-adopted 1812 Overture.


Wednesday, June 28 2006

Social Climbers

Orkut, an extremely popular, Brazilian-dominated social networking site, is so prevelant that some consider it a source of national pride. Others, who have simply had enough of it, are driven to commit Orkuticídio: Orkut suicide.


Tuesday, June 27 2006

Sunday School

By exposing children to titles they may have otherwise never seen before, Family Classics started many a future sci-fi and fantasy geek on their way to full-blown nerdom.


Monday, June 26 2006

Snakes, Planes and the Triumph of Ironic Appreciation

Does the Snakes on a Plane phenomenon signal the End of Days in Hollywood?


Sunday, June 25 2006

Agenda of a Broadcasting Company

Think ABC has a hidden agenda against the positive depiction of African Americans in its hit shows? According to this purported communiqué from network brass, it sure seems like it.


Thursday, June 22 2006

She Thinks She’s Edith Head

With her severe onyx bangs, owly blue-tint sunglasses and mirthless, tightlipped mien, this classic Hollywood costumer was more recognizable than her designs... and that's exactly how she wanted it.


Wednesday, June 21 2006

And I’m Proud to be an American, Where at Least I Know… I’m a Second Class Citizen

A hard lesson in resolve: gay-basher Fred Phelps may have one 'quality', if you will, worth considering.


Tuesday, June 20 2006

Talk of the Town

Cober-Lake speaks with Chris Pugmire of the Seattle band Shoplifting about politics' place in punk rock, the role of men in feminism, and the dangerous power of language.


Monday, June 19 2006

The “Other” Football: Watching America Watching the World Cup

From the Cheap Seats -- The 'Other' Football: Watching America Watching the World Cup -- As the FIFA World Cup plays out in Germany this month, the disparity between American interest in 'soccer' and the rest of the world's passion for 'football' is felt now more keenly than ever.


Sunday, June 18 2006

And Baby Makes a Mess

In which Sandra Oh inadvertently scares our columnist to death in a new play that's 'like birth control'.


Thursday, June 15 2006

Legends of the Fang

Want to know why Richard Matheson's I am Legend is one of the most important horror novels of all time? Our resident scare scholar offers up this comprehensive overview of the man, the book, and the enduring legacy.


Wednesday, June 14 2006

From the Beautiful Game to le beau jeu

On French footballers playing in England, and the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.


Tuesday, June 13 2006

Prime Location: How Sitcom Settings Add to the Fun

As British sitcoms move higher on the endangered species list, a small number of successful programs are relying on geographic familiarity to attract (and maintain) UK viewers.


Monday, June 12 2006

The Battle for M. Night Shyamalan’s Artistic Soul

As the weather heats up outside, all summer blockbuster eyes will be on M. Night Shyamalan's latest epic of the ethereal. But the big question is, Will it be a return to form? Or the final nail in his creative coffin?


Sunday, June 11 2006

Little America’s Term of Love

While peering 'down' at Australia from on-high (or rather, up north) through one's proverbial binoculars, one might get the impression this country is closer to North America -- perhaps uncomforably closer -- than mere geography might imply. Hummel hopes that is but a trick of the light... and other changeable circumstances.


Thursday, June 8 2006

The Devil’s Music: Franz Liszt’s Musical Representation of Mephistopheles

Liszt's Faust symphony offers a solution to the conundrum that faced so many Romantic and post-Romantic composers: how does one create a musical form that continually and progressively unfolds and yet manages to hold together, to be all 'of a piece'?


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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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