Columns

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.


Wednesday, February 7 2007

Young Machetes and Mere Motion

The Blood Brothers fight dreams with nightmares: unicorns with tar teeth, witches with obscene riches, and carnival graveyards.


Tuesday, February 6 2007

The Invincible Stubbornness of Judi Dench

Some consider her one of the grand dames of modern motion picture acting. But when it comes to her actual performances, this celebrated Oscar winner is decidedly one note.


Mein Kat

Cats that Look Like Hitler: Where cute starts to seem creepy...


Monday, February 5 2007

Welcome to Helluary

Begrand finds refuge from a taxing winter in some of the best metal releases of the still-young year, including a highly twisted album from his neck of the Canadian prairies.


Sunday, February 4 2007

The Purple Experience: Your PopMatters Primer on Prince’s Pop Life

So many Prince albums, but where do you start? Here's a funky little list designed to aid your quest.


Thursday, February 1 2007

Tropicália: Brazil’s Musical Revolution Turns 40

Tropicália would combine the cosmopolitan sensibilities and lyrical precision of rock with the entire geological depth of Brazil's considerable musical tradition.


Fishing for Deep Dot Pearls

In many popular Japanese films, enduring elements of Japanese/US relations, endemic attitudes of superiority and equality among races, and volatile notions of convention and propriety are pitted against emergent, maverick, fun-loving difference.


Wednesday, January 31 2007

Ali in the Family

Vieux Farka Touré continues his late father's musical legacy with a weathered voice, poetic passion, and a new debut album.


Tuesday, January 30 2007

Coachwhips: Morality Tales of Team Leadership

Regardless of the number of veterans a squad may have, or the players' natural, athletic ability to improvise when a coach's plan fails, no matter, even, that a coach never steps foot on the field -- it's clear that fans are not prepared to accept players without the organizing presence of someone in charge.


Monday, January 29 2007

Gadgets Gone Wild

The introduction of Apple’s new iPhone prompts a review of that enduring cultural artifact known as The Gizmo.


Sunday, January 28 2007

Standing in the Shadows of Dreamgirls

Entrepreneurs of color owe an enormous debt to Berry Gordy, whose path from hit-chasing songwriter to world-renown business mogul is, as much as if not more than those beautiful ladies on the movie screen, the stuff of dreams.


Thursday, January 25 2007

Where Are They Now?: Hip-Hop Learns How to Look Back in Anger (Management)

The year 2006 was notable for when so many highly visible artists stepped up to sharply criticize, yet still support, the culture; when's the last time so many of your top five dead or alive had so much to say?


Wednesday, January 24 2007

Burning Ambitions

The Ashes is among the oldest sporting rivalries in the world. It just happens to define two nations.


Tuesday, January 23 2007

Calling William Castle!

What we need today is a man who is willing to subject himself to ridicule, disrespect, and misrepresentation, all in the name of motion picture propaganda – someone like William Castle.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

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"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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