Thursday, August 10 2006

The Sounds of Now, Part Two: Meredith Monk

For the second installment in an ongoing series profiling contemporary composers, Jenkins reports on Meredith Monk, whose compositions and performances integrate the personal aspects of the body in a manner wholly removed from the majority of current musical production.

Wednesday, August 9 2006

The Lighter Side of Artificial Intelligence

The scary-smart 20Q AI project asks: Animal, vegetable, mineral or legendary '70s rock star?

Tuesday, August 8 2006

The Da Vinci De-Bacle

As I sat there in the theater watching The Da Vinci Code, I wondered how it would be possible to follow the knotty narrative if you hadn't read the book first.

Monday, August 7 2006

An Axe to the Hexa

Fan expectations of Brazilian players are fierce. At their hotel in Germany, the Brazilian team was booed by a number of fans who had traveled there for World Cup -- and more were waiting at home.

Sunday, August 6 2006

Little Americans: They’re Everywhere!

There's probably not a single place on earth where one won't run into an Australian. Hummel speculates on what compels her people to travel so.

Thursday, August 3 2006

Punchin’ in the Rain

Gene Kelly and Bruce Lee were from different generations and decidedly divergent disciplines. Yet they have more in common than one might imagine.

Tuesday, August 1 2006

Hit the Road, Bonejack!

Seaver is a true product of the post-modern media. Glued to the tube like most of the '80s underage denizens, he lived on a steady latchkey diet of Full House, Thundercats and Charles in Charge.

Monday, July 31 2006

Onward Young Pioneers!

As Communism's old guard is gradually relegated to the past, much of Eastern Europe is faced with a decidedly non-traditional youth movement. But are countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic ready for the political make-over?

Sunday, July 30 2006

Foreigners in Foreign Lands, Part I: Exotic Orientals

In the first in a series of examinations of foreign musicians we meet the Subs, a Chinese band who, no matter how good (or bad) their music, are first and foremost Chinese -- whether they like it or not.

Thursday, July 27 2006

Darkness Falls on Beirut

This will go down in history as an infamous summer, the summer Lebanon -- with all its hopes, its charms, its weaknesses -- was abandoned.

Wednesday, July 26 2006

The Gruesome Gazettes

In the first of a two part examination on the subject, our scholar of scares looks back at the role genre magazines played in the creation of the rabid macabre movie fanbase we see today.

Monday, July 24 2006

Hollywood’s Boring, Boring, Blockbuster Summer

Think Summer of 2006's popcorn movies have been more bust than boffo? You're not alone, according to our resident mainstream movie maven.

Sunday, July 23 2006

Out Business / Our Business

Tom Cruise is NOT Gay... but Anderson Cooper Might Be.

Thursday, July 20 2006

When Harry Met Sally It Was Soooo Sweet!

Call me crazy but I prefer to see movies about a relationship between two living, breathing (without assistance), fully functioning (but preferably super-neurotic) humans -- not a person and a ghost or a person and a spirit or a person and a coma victim who's teetering on the brink of life and death.

Wednesday, July 19 2006

A Clear View to Cairo

Perhaps being far from Cairo -- far from my 16 million neighbors, from the IQ-lowering clouds of lead pollution, from the distracting sound of a hundred drivers leaning on their car horns in a nearby street -- helps me think more clearly.

Tuesday, July 18 2006

Invasion of the McMansions

A look at what the relentess tide of change dragged in to Adelaide's shores.

Monday, July 17 2006

The Who Know Who They Are and From Whence They Came

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Warner revisits the Live at Leeds legacy courtesy of the Who.

Sunday, July 16 2006

World Cup Redux: Innocence Abroad

With my big and painfully obvious American mug pressed up to the glass of (a good many) European drinking establishments, I took out a pen and paper and tried to sketch some of what unfolded before me.

Thursday, July 13 2006

flag Creativity

Like Calvinists who stockpile life's finer things in hopes of shoring up their sense of themselves as elect, hipsters surround themselves with the trappings of creativity and trust that this substantiates their claim to being cool.

Wednesday, July 12 2006

Complex Simplicity

Voivod vocalist Denis 'Snake' Belanger speaks candidly about the new Canadian Prime Minister, today's subordinate youth, and the 'emotional dimension' involved in creating a new album built around the guitar tracks of his deceased friend and bandmate, Denis 'Piggy' D'Amour.

//Mixed media

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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