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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.

Friday, June 10 2005

Take Out the Eurotrash, or, TV Is Reality

Television's rules of engagement have blurred the distinction of real vs. unreal for viewers. From camera friendly political campaigns to glossy televised hype-fests, the principle of Style over Substance reigns supreme.

Thursday, June 9 2005

Get It Off Your Chest

Leonard provides a short history of sartorial free speech, during and after apartheid, as expressed on the very bodies of the people.

Wednesday, June 8 2005

Sex & The Apprentice: The Art of Over Exposure

Gottfried considers the acting, the acting out, and the act put upon the females of The Apprentice.

Monday, June 6 2005

I’m Not a Social Policy Expert, But I Play One on TV

When all the righteous Cosby-induced bluster has blown, all that's left the poor is caught up in tree branches and clogging the gutters, same as before.

Hollywood’s Battle with Depression

It's war to see who really came to America's rescue after the big crash of '29. And the cinematic suspects are a boxer, a ghost, and a horse... of course.

Friday, June 3 2005

Material World

Gadette suggests New York City extend its desire for self-beautification, and artistic sophistication, in an environmentally- and people-friendly manner.

Thursday, June 2 2005

High School of Hard Knocks

One of the benefits of no longer being a teenager is that I don't care if the high school dramas I watch are realistic because I no longer expect to be validated by television.

Wednesday, June 1 2005

Don’t Shoot the Messenger

Taghizadeh defends Al Jazeera, the best source for news from and for the Arab world.

Tuesday, May 31 2005

Tony Blair’s Tenuous Trifecta

Blair endured a grueling campaign that required him to actually face disgruntled voters -- quite unlike Bush's pre-screened, pre-set, flag waving constituency.

Friday, May 27 2005

Why Hip-Hop Sucks, Part 1

Hill's cut-up/trim-down, pedagogical debut on African American culture, or: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly In Need of a Shaving.

Everything I Need to Know About Being Black I Learned From Kenny Rogers

For PopMatters TV/Film Columnist Mark Harris, being a minority in a majority world created an ironic, lifelong battle against being force-fed at the teat of popular culture.

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