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Friday, July 8 2005

The “Me” Syndrome

Marginal Utility -- The 'Me' Syndrome -- The glamorization of the rich inner life is the primary achievement of the culture industry, since what it sells is the kind of ripe fantasy that only one with a rich inner life would prefer to actual living.


Wednesday, July 6 2005

Supreme Court Smackdown

Separation of Church and State in the US is a myth. As Sandra Day O'Connor steps down from her seat on the US Supreme Court, the country prepares for another Holy War.


Fuego in Tu Ciudad

Two Latino magazines take very different approaches to capturing and expressing the complexity of Latinidad.


Tuesday, July 5 2005

A Stateless Passport, Please

Pipe dream or realistic potentiality? Thoughts on the merits of universal citizenship and the freedoms it could, in an ideal world, generate.


Friday, July 1 2005

Spoon-feeding Glamour: Hollywood Knows Best

The mainstream movie fan, in all reality, simply does not want to watch actors, no matter how talented, that they neither recognize nor care about.


Thursday, June 30 2005

Strollin’

Lewis serves as your guide on this pleasant historical walking tour of black Paris.


Wednesday, June 29 2005

Men Talk Pretty These Days

Cosmetics and cosmetic surgery isn't just for the girls, anymore.


There’s no ‘TV’ in ‘Team’

If the degree to which art imitates life can be a measure of greatness then The Office is king of the workplace comedy.


Tuesday, June 28 2005

Vive La France!

A dozen Francais artists -- including electro-jazz troupe St Germain and tango-meets-dub-and-beats act Gotan Project, among others -- played a massive stage in a downtown Beijing park to an audience of several thousand merry revellers.


Do White Folks Get the Blues?

If white folks don't really get the blues, they certainly preserve it, record it, and put together and attend festivals where the music is rightfully celebrated.


Monday, June 27 2005

A Very Public Affair

Egyptian women face social stigma over failed urfi marriages and the paternity cases that often result from these marriages, but one woman has put herself at the feminist forefront.


Friday, June 24 2005

Impending Drastic Inevitables

At PopMatters, we've seen the future. So . . . want some investment advice?


Thursday, June 23 2005

Media Mainstream? There’s Still an Alternative

All the news that's fit to print -- at least fit to print outside the publishing mainstream -- the alternative newspaper is alive and well on both sides of the pond.


Wednesday, June 22 2005

Breaking the Rules: Subverting Traditional Masculinity on the Court and Beyond

Society's pressures complicate black male friendships. The basketball court is one place where black men can just be friends.


Tuesday, June 21 2005

Gray Like Me

We grays won't overcome until that one special gray actor or actress steps forward to show us as living, breathing entities with more to offer than a healthy head of hair and corporate hireability.


Monday, June 20 2005

Ants in Your Pants

This adult on holiday is inclined to play with dolls — and bugs.


Thursday, June 16 2005

Boho, Uh-oh: The Bohemian Politic

The current consumer of bohemian fashion is one who imagines herself identifying with various world cultures. Yet she is really a shopper, mixing pieces from different price ranges, easily weaving in and out of the experiences of the destitute and decadent by choice of dress.


Tuesday, June 14 2005

Due to a Scheduling Quirk

Accidentally freed, for a few days, from the formidable surrounds of ceiling-high shelves of books, a librarian on a budget is inclined to travel, third class.


Re-Judging a Book by Its Cinematic Cover

Like most bibliophiles, I often cringe when a favorite book is transformed for the big screen. It doesn't mean I won't give it a chance though.


Monday, June 13 2005

Inefficient Intimacy

Pornography simplifies sex by making it a commodity. In the desire to accumulate more, intimacy is irretrievably lost.


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