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Wednesday, December 13 2006

Racism Killed Rock: Part II

The subliminal suggestion is that Sly Stone was this schizo black musician who needed chemical stimulants to transform his simple R&B tunes into bonafide rock anthems. In other words, black people can't rock without getting high.


Tuesday, December 12 2006

God Smokes Cuban Cigars

Thanks to the upcoming ban on smoking in public places, smirting may take France by storm. That’s all Parisians need: another excuse to stand in the street in loving embrace.


Monday, December 11 2006

No! No! No!

Finally, a stand-up, face-off, clenched fists, chin in the air challenge to America's bullies.


Sunday, December 10 2006

Finally, Room at the Inn

Billy Wilder's The Apartment captures the holiday season feeling of those who stand beyond the glow cast by Christmas lights.


Thursday, December 7 2006

Desert Trance

These are the sort of flowers that bloom in the Sahara Desert: thumb pianos, distorted amps, muddy blues, and traditional chants.


Wednesday, December 6 2006

Racism Killed Rock: Part I

I believe to my soul that a blue man can sing the whites; that when the Big Music is rocked epically by a musician who feels/claims it as birthright, he or she will render ethno-cultural-lingual-racial barriers moot every damn time.


Tuesday, December 5 2006

Who Owns What?: Engaging the Fog of Hip-Hop

How do the "artist" and "critic" reconcile each other's presence? How literally must one walk this way in order to talk that way?


Monday, December 4 2006

Run, Hillary! Run!

As the weakened state of the Republicans augurs well for a Democratic president in 2008, a veritable flood of candidates has joined Clinton as the race begins. She begins her run with name recognition and plenty of monetary backing, yet she is far from a shoo-in.


Sunday, December 3 2006

Gerald Levert and the Black Pop Nobody Knows, but Should

To paraphrase the dead prez: Black pop is way, way bigger than Oprah, or Cosby, or LeBron James. Why, black pop is even bigger than hip-hop.


Thursday, November 30 2006

It’s Gotta Be the Shoes, Money

Stephon Marbury's new fashion line positions him as the anti-Michael Jordan of the NBA.


Wednesday, November 29 2006

Stumbling with Nail Clippers

It was one of the most talked about tomes upon its release. Unfortunately, our literary liaison for all things film thinks that Augusten Burrough's mesmerizing memoir was definitely defanged in the cinematic translation.


Tuesday, November 28 2006

Jock Jams

I'm getting giddy imagining Chuck Klosterman and Cam'ron having a two-minute bull session on the Who's return to relevance, or, better yet, figuring out a logical way to deal with Lil' Kim.


Monday, November 27 2006

The Situational Ethicist

In which our resident ethical expert contends: Ethics may complicate, but absolute ethics complicate absolutely.


Sunday, November 26 2006

Dreck the Halls

For every cinematic stocking full of shiny bright goodies, there are large filmic lumps of dirty old coal.


Tuesday, November 21 2006

Looking for the Perfect Off-Beat

This one is for the Afro-punks and black rockers and everyone else who doesn't see their hearts and minds reflected in what passes for mainstream black music nowadays.


Monday, November 20 2006

Bridesmaids Revisited

Take it from someone who knows, really knows; bridesmaiding is not glamorous work, but a hard slog at buffering the bride and groom in the social occasion war zone -- you are putting your body on the line.


Sunday, November 19 2006

Talk of Two Cities

In this final installment of Arabesque, Ursula Lindsey tries (and fails) to say goodbye to Cairo.


Thursday, November 16 2006

Gay Icons: Judy Who?

Our choice for icons is about more than just high camp and melodrama; it's about who we are in a fundamental way.


Wednesday, November 15 2006

Analingus and the Borat Antidote for Cultural Thin Skin

He's the most polarizing figure in recent pop culture history, and our mainstream movie maven is here to tell us why that's a good thing - for comedy and for society.


The Profound Consolation: The Use of Bach’s Music in the Films of Ingmar Bergman (Part 2)

In the second installment of an ongoing discussion of Bach and Bergman, Jenkins examines the communicative power of Bach's sarabande in Through a Glass Darkly.


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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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