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Monday, October 24 2005

Power Through Responsibility

While working on a storyline for a video game that wants you to care, really care, about the characters, Harvey puzzles over how best to craft letters aimed for the heart.


Sunday, October 23 2005

Small Screen, Big Issues

Some of the Middle-Eastern, Ramadan line-up in TV programming takes on tough issues; Saudi terrorism, Egyptian-Israeli relations, and mainstream US prejudice against Arabs and Muslims, to name a few.


Thursday, October 20 2005

A Bad Man:  Reading Mike Tyson’s Body of Work

The only sure thing about Tyson is that he stands opposed.


Tuesday, October 18 2005

Intervening Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone is in trouble, and its up to Posner and his pals to see him through this latest creative crisis, or else all might be lost for the once mighty Oscar winning moviemaker.


Sunday, October 16 2005

Today the Hill District, Tomorrow the World: August Wilson

August Wilson now takes his place in the pantheon of black arts and letters for the dignity he gave the blues singers, mill workers, rooming house owners, ex-cons, neighborhood eccentrics, and 300-year-old matriarchs among us.


Thursday, October 13 2005

Regeneration

At long last, indie kids and mainstream critics no longer have to listen to their metal music in clandestine shame. Metal's in the midst of an artistic renaissance, and, as Begrand explains, it's a headbanger's ball out there.


Wednesday, October 12 2005

Laughin’ Louis Armstrong: The Trickster

Satchmo's subversive humor struck multiple targets simultaneously: it commented on the very music he was transforming; and, as a survival tool, it presented a league of oppressors with unexpected resistance.


Tuesday, October 11 2005

For the Love of Music

Not even a knife-wielding tsotsi can keep Leonard away from his reggae supplier.


Monday, October 10 2005

Friendless, Hostile, and Afraid of Soil Erosion

In the alien(ating) world of addictive, online communiqués, can anyone hear you scream?


Trick or Treat, Trick or Treat, Give Us Something Good to Read

Interested in some chilling All Hallows Eve fare? Our resident lady of literature attempts to glean the thrills from the spills as she searches the shelves -- both book and video -- for a good scare.


Sunday, October 9 2005

Sticking Your Nose Into It

The Queen of Delectable Pastries offers some sound advice to a troubled piece of cheesecake.


Thursday, October 6 2005

I Drink Therefore I Am

One can't be left alone to indulge one's poison, these days, without some bothersome governmental agency, or the busy-body press, sticking its nose in one's businesses.


Wednesday, October 5 2005

The Coiffure Connection

Ever wonder why Samuel L. Jackson seems so overly concerned with his fade? Follicle scholar Harris uncovers this 'very special episode' of a certain Bravo interview show which explains why, for this amazing actor, its hair, not the play, that's the thing.


Tuesday, October 4 2005

Turning In, Tuning Out

Many directors have used tried and tested avant-garde techniques to bolster the suspension of disbelief in editing, in camerawork, in sound design, and in narrative. But the single greatest gift to the escapist film comes from an altogether separate medium: music.


Monday, October 3 2005

The Customer Is Always Wrong

Among other things, customer service is little more than survelliance with a smile. The end of craven customer service could return some dignity to the world of consumption.


Sunday, October 2 2005

Impeach George W. Bush

As Hurricane Katrina nearly blew New Orleans off the map, George W. Bush blew the chance to fulfill his presidential duties.


Thursday, September 29 2005

Rudy Can’t Fail

Listen up, suckas. Dolemite is back on the scene...and to hear Gibron tell it, all them rat soap eating, born insecure jack-jawed wannabes better step aside.


Still Howling: A Poem for Then and Now

If Elvis Presley fuelled a visceral revolution, Allen Ginsberg lit the blue-touch paper on an intellectual one.


Wednesday, September 28 2005

What Keeps Me Burning

We've all got to die someday. 'Till then, why not light(en) up?


Tuesday, September 27 2005

A Fistful of Maggots

In his second column, Lanzagorta focuses his attention on a ferocious Italian filmmaker whose gore-laden lunacy redefined the zombie horror genre.


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