Columns

Wednesday, April 25 2007

Out of Shadows, Shining Ever-Bright

After catching the reunited '80s-era, Ronnie James Dio-helmed Black Sabbath on tour in Canada, Begrand looks back on an oft-neglected period in the metal titans' career.


Tuesday, April 24 2007

A Look Back at the Decline of English Soccer. Spring, 2057

The early 2000s was a time of great sporting innocence around the globe: the NFL still claimed to have an active drugs policy, Tiger Woods’ alien DNA was still undiagnosed, and it was three years before the revelations about Barry Bonds and Dick Cheney’s clandestine relationship would shock America.


Monday, April 23 2007

NBC News Overnight: And So It Went

NBC News Overnight strove to include the audience as much as possible, making its hour of news feel like a visit from a very wise, very witty, very worldly friend.


Sunday, April 22 2007

Seeking: President. Must love balanced budgets, cats.

It's time the US graduated from the Electoral College and took advantage of the latest election technology: eHarmony's patented Compatibility Matching System.


The Kings of Crabs

The Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catchgives one reason to pause and reflect between savory bites of Alaskan king crab.


Thursday, April 19 2007

Getting Sick in a Foreign Language

There is something familiar to me in that idea of an abandoned past; in a place like Beijing, you too can become anybody, literally. Because of the disconnect between here and Back Home, you can create for yourself the identity you've always wanted.


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).


//Mixed media
//Blogs

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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