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Sunday, August 14 2005

Mandela at 87: A Different Ball Game

As former South African president, Nelson Mandela, turned 87 last month, our correspondent, Charles Leonard, found the 'Meaning of Mandela' in a rugby stadium.

Thursday, August 11 2005

The Consumer in the Kitchen

Nixon and Khrushchev's kitchen debate taught Americans that our citizenry is 'free'-- to shop.

Wednesday, August 10 2005

‘Chick Lit’ Overload

Makowsky laments the continuing influence of 'Chick Lit' in both bookstores and movie houses worldwide.

Tuesday, August 9 2005

Challenge to a ‘Dual’

From one split personality to another, a letter of understanding.

Monday, August 8 2005

Grand Theft Autoerotic

The notoriously violent video game sneaked in some sex scenes. Now that's naughty!

Sunday, August 7 2005

The Kims Fashion Dynasties

If these two fashionistas got it together, they could rule the world.

Mr. Cent Goes to Hollywood

To be fair, with musicals out of vogue, rappers as a group are more intrinsically prepared to handle movie roles than other pop stars.

Thursday, August 4 2005

I Bling Because I’m Happy

There's a disconnect between the New Black Church and the hip-hop generation. Money, however, is the language preached from both sides.

Wednesday, August 3 2005

Travelogue: The Palio

A centuries-old, 90-second horse race, a bottle of cheap vino, and days of rivalry, camaraderie, and party-heavy pagentry.

Tuesday, August 2 2005

Paying the Piper. Or Not.

Urban cool Beijingers are happy to spend their money on alcohol, karaoke, and high-end food. But when it comes to paying a cover to attend a live show, something happens: their sense of self-importance precludes their willingness to pay to be entertained by others.

Location, Location, Location

Bricks and mortar will unavoidably symbolize different things to different people, and they are very rarely going to coincide.

Monday, August 1 2005

The Complexities of American Exile

For Lewis, the ties that bind are simultaneously knotted, loose, and frayed.

Sunday, July 31 2005

Danger Ahead? Proceed at Your Own Risk

Dark humour and troubling times cross paths as a harbinger of things to come.

Thursday, July 28 2005


The 'fun' in fertility. Japan's unzipped, let it all hang out there approach to sex, er, 'fertilty'.

Wednesday, July 27 2005

The Undead Underground

Although Hollywood might have rotted the zombie film through insipid cliché, there's plenty of 'fresh meat' available from these straight-to-video auteurs.

Tuesday, July 26 2005

How to Find a Mate in Five TV Shows or Less

Scientists have spent a great deal of time deconstructing physical desirability among humans. But all they had to do was watch 100 Hottest Hotties and call it a day.

Sunday, July 24 2005

Iran: Dancing in the Spotlight

A joke among Iranian exiles is that since the revolution, Iran takes one step forward and three steps back. With Ahmadinejad's election, it appears Iran is doing this shuffle, again.

Thursday, July 21 2005

Keepin’ It Real(ity)

Without an acknowledgment of race, reality TV can never be 'real'; it can only be '-ity'.

Wednesday, July 20 2005

I Don’t Feel Tardy

What goes around to the hip, comes around to us all... eventually.

Tuesday, July 19 2005

The 70s House

This is the show where executives have finally zeroed in on that most tricky aspect of addictive programming - the absolute lowest possible denominator.

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