Wednesday, May 25 2005
In which the Foreign Devil becomes eye candy, window-dressing and court jester all while not playing a John Denver song.
Tuesday, May 24 2005
In France, a beloved musician needn't be 'successful', in the how-many-CDs-can-he-sell sense, to be vraiment réussi.
Monday, May 23 2005
Hero worship and chance encounters can pay dividends... but you'd best know the Clash from the Pistols.
Friday, May 20 2005
A guided tour of one of America's most protected habitats for endangering species.
Thursday, May 19 2005
When it comes time to 'burn books' in countries such as the US, the rule of law serves as the flaming match; in this case, Section 215 of the Patriot Act.
Tuesday, May 17 2005
When the story of how AIDS affects ordinary people in South Africa is told, their real names are seldom used - because it can get you killed.
Friday, May 13 2005
New PopMatters columnist Jane Santos finds a whole course work of women's history right in her own home: embodied in the exuberant life of her very stylish mother.
Thursday, May 12 2005
At an African concert set in Philadelphia, Reynolds experienced the rare feeling of being a distinct minority in a virtually all-black setting in America. He considers the divide between Africans in America, and African-Americans.
Wednesday, May 11 2005
There was a time when a simple trip cross the English Channel would place your social status in the ascendancy, much like serving in the colonies in the 19th century. But nowadays in Paris, try finding an affordable broom cupboard of one's own.
Tuesday, May 10 2005
On Taste tracking software; is it an anonymous angel? or something rather sinister?
Wednesday, May 4 2005
The few Koreans Smith has met who aren't riding the anti-Japanese bandwagon hint that their open-mindedness makes them feel as if they are shirking their nationalistic duty.
Imitation is one thing, but Emmet Quinn's comedic impersonation of Bill Hicks? Now that is the highest form of flattery.
Due to the overwhelming force the Egyptian people face, instances of re-appropriation of public space (both physical, linguistic and political) are rare. Those in power have used every possible strategy to keep the public arena empty, making it a vast echo chamber filled only with the sound of their own empty rhetoric. But something is stirring...
Lessons learned from a squash club spanking and visit to Maggie's flat help an intrepid journalist stand tall and be intimidated no more.
Wednesday, April 27 2005
A racist society is one in which significant political and social capital rests in white hands, even if that society gives lip service and official tribute to the ideals of 'tolerance' and 'diversity'. At least in the marginal art form of comics, African American representations are changing.
Promise led Lewis to Paris; the tantalizing promise of experiencing the first ever Hip-Hop World Summit and yes, the promise of love.
Latinos keep changing things up on US radio stations, messing with that format... and it's working.
Wednesday, April 20 2005
PopMatters Columnist Colin Harvey actually gets paid to play video games. He has attained geekdom and its highest level.
There's a planet full of kind and decent people who, as children, were terribly abused. We were the lab rats and guinea pigs for a nascent industry called orthodontia.
Wednesday, April 13 2005
In defense of Roger Ebert, Reynolds notes that it's not at all necessarily racist to say that a black film isn't very good. Earnestness, sensitivity to a community's culture, and good intentions don't automatically make a solid work of art.