Monday, May 14 2007
Can pornographic literature impart a lesson in morality? Author Tamara Faith Berger believes it can.
Sunday, May 13 2007
OpStar: part talk radio / part OnStar vehicle guidance system for those who are easily confused by the squiggly red and blue lines on paper maps.
Thursday, May 10 2007
If Raymond 'Boots' Riley -- frontman for Oakland, California's the Coup -- is rap's most political practitioner, he may well also be one of its most expressive humorists.
It seems that teleportation, spontaneous human combustion, poltergeists, UFO sightings, alien abductions, and other such phenomena has fallen out of fashion, these days.
Wednesday, May 9 2007
Heard rumors of civilians rounded up, locked up, and searched for papers, lately? Don't worry. That only happens in another America.
Tuesday, May 8 2007
Since relationships are tough, we need all the help we can get. Sometimes the best advice comes from listening to the right song.
Monday, May 7 2007
Philosophy itself is often regarded as part and parcel with the bullshit of popular culture. But it is philosophers who been trying to determine exactly what bullshit is and how it works its magic.
Sunday, May 6 2007
A disillusioned fan calls for the resurrection of Guns N' Roses, already. Please. Now would be good.
Thursday, May 3 2007
The wife disposing of her ex-husband's collection. The estate sale. The stash of records sold for pennies on the dollar because the water bill was overdue. Collecting music often depends on someone else's misfortune.
Wednesday, May 2 2007
Roberto Bolaño's Los Detectives Salvajes, like so many good works, traverses time, language, cultures, and survives a bit battered, but little worse for the wear.
Tuesday, May 1 2007
Every decision already consists of two wrong choices -- it's only a matter of which is the path of least regret.
Monday, April 30 2007
Strapped for cash, aching to free their creative impulse from the grind of the same old story, over and over and over, our best modern film directors turn their talents toward the vastly untapped world of TV commercial-making.
Sunday, April 29 2007
"If you don't embrace your buying base, you're going to go out of business." Beres talks with the electronica label's co-founder about digital distribution and independent music.
St. Louis Cardinals fans' enthusiasm for the 2006 World Series can be understood, even if the rest of the world refused to share it.
Thursday, April 26 2007
Classical music radio gives rise to a prophylactic form of community: we are somehow participating with other listeners without having to engage directly with those others. The music becomes a pretense for communal participation.
Wednesday, April 25 2007
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
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 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
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 Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catchgives one reason to pause and reflect between savory bites of Alaskan king crab.