Columns

Thursday, March 1 2007

The Revolution Will Not Be in a Stadium

If the Chinese revolution has a soundtrack, it won't be the Rolling Stones' songs; especially given that their ticket prices are more than most Chinese can afford.


Wednesday, February 28 2007

Brazilian Choro Music: The Oldest Jazz

Before jazz, before samba and bossa nova, before even Stravinsky had been born, musicians in 19th century Rio were testing their virtuosity playing choro tunes.


Tuesday, February 27 2007

The Gallant Gourmet

He championed both culinary extravagance and gastronomic restraint. But Graham Kerr's greatest legacy may be his innate ability to reach across the airwaves and touch each viewer's inner epicure.


Monday, February 26 2007

Rumi-nating on a New Axis

The Sufi poet formerly known as Mawlana Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi is celebrating 800 years, and the entire spectrum of Persian culture is throwing a party.


Sunday, February 25 2007

Defying Extinction and Celebrating the Strange

Some might say the elusive coelacanth, in spite of its primordial ugliness, has attained rock star status in the popular imagination.


A Hopeful Immigrant’s Letter, Intercepted

A tip for the riff-raff trying to squeeze through the INS bureaucracy or slip past the US Border Patrol: try bending it like Beckham.


Thursday, February 22 2007

Rewarding the Oscar Also-Rans

With the Academy's 'big dance' on the horizon, it's time to recognize those motion pictures and performances overlooked by Oscar's self-serving system of artistic determination.


Not-So-Strange Noodling

The Crusaders' jazzy soul conjured images of a cool neon wilderness populated with hop-heads, pool-hall hustlers, and midnight cornerboys straight out of Nelson Algren.


Wednesday, February 21 2007

It Takes One, Baby

Agent Zero -- or The Hibachi, or The East Coast Assassin, or The Black President, or, least colorfully, Gilbert Arenas -- is the most dynamic, most talked about individual playing in the NBA today.


Soulless

James Redfield's 'prophetic' novel, The Celestine Prophecy, as manifested in film... maybe it means something. I see soft-focus imagery and swirling colors. I'm getting a feeling. It's...it's... nausea.


Tuesday, February 20 2007

Falling In Love, Estonian-style

The EESTI: ballaadid was like a dream with scary and dark moments that was nonetheless beautiful. Upon seeing that performance, I fell in love with Estonia.


Monday, February 19 2007

Women of the Evolution: (Another) Discussion of Chick Lit

If literary genres were a feast, chick lit would be the coconut soufflé. Dessert, anyone?


Sunday, February 18 2007

But I Wanted the Catfish!

No industry in America so readily -- even eagerly -- treats conjecture with the same value as fact as political commentary.


Thursday, February 15 2007

“You Know, They’re All Alike”

Even the most die-hard homosexual would probably be a little disconcerted should his or her doctor flit into the room exclaiming, "Girlfriend! Your X-rays look faaabulous!"


Wednesday, February 14 2007

The Red Envelope Held Sway Over All

Practically everyone in Boonville loathes Wal-Mart and Home Depot, and yet despite its role in the loss of two local independent businesses, Netflix has been granted a rare and elusive "Get Out of Our Smug Disapproval Free" card.


Tuesday, February 13 2007

Blank Canvas & Dead Space

In this dark, underground place exists a "catacosmos"; where the bones of poor, dead children haunt like angels, and the living, who so badly want to be remembered, mistake their own echo for lasting amplification.


Monday, February 12 2007

A Fistful of Yen

Is there really a link between feudal Japan and the Wild West of a post-Civil War America? Thanks to the films of two famed international auteurs, the connections are closer than you think.


Moping Around

Whether it comes through teenage rebellion, alienation, or heavy drug use, chronic music appreciation is not typically a choice made due to a desire for group participation; it's more often about wanting or needing to separate oneself.


Sunday, February 11 2007

People Substitutes

Contrary to what Babs sang, people who need people might not be the luckiest people in the world, after all.


Thursday, February 8 2007

The Fear of Success

It seems we've come to believe that it is better to feel like we lost the game than to dare consider that the refs threw it. Such passivity spills over into self-doubt, which further fuels the fear of success.


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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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