Thursday, May 18 2006
If people are no longer as interested in classical music as a cerebral escape from the banalities of the everyday, then certain producers of classical recordings are willing to embrace this cultural condition by selling Bach not as an alternative to popular image culture, but as a part of it.
Wednesday, May 17 2006
The long, strange trip of seminal metal band Celtic Frost is unexpectedly outfitted with a new plot twist: a new record that redefines a career over 20 years after it began.
Tuesday, May 16 2006
When is trading 'races' not as entertaining -- or insightful -- as trading spaces? When it's all part of FX's highly implausible 'social experiment', an idea fated to fail from the first smudge of groan-inducing greasepaint.
Monday, May 15 2006
Life in Egypt is life in a 'cheerful police state'.
Sunday, May 14 2006
With the connection between tots and terror as tenuous as ever, it's time to celebrate a pair of shows that meld the minor to the macabre with equal amounts of horror... and hilarity.
Thursday, May 11 2006
Rounder Records' new tween collective, a manufactured group of girls with inflexibly 'distinct personalities', is little more than harmless fun for a very specific target market. But what potential effects will Girl Authority have on the developing identity of its audience?
Wednesday, May 10 2006
As skiffle's working-class trailblazer, Lonnie Donegan infused '50s British rock 'n' roll with a regional accent and music-hall comedy style missing from the popular American exports.
Tuesday, May 9 2006
Call it 'trading races' or 'playing princess and the pauper', it is the latest trend in the world of reality television. But oppression swapping has a disingenuous side; one that makes this format more problematic than empowering.
Monday, May 8 2006
The UK and US are often accused of promulgating the cult of celebrity because of their post-industrialist, neo-liberal take on the world that sees culture as a commodity. France, however, is guilty of pandering to the cult of mediocrity.
Sunday, May 7 2006
While polygamy has a place in the study of human history and culture, it has long been considered taboo. Leave it to HBO and its new hit drama series to make this socially profane subject seem... almost normal.
Thursday, May 4 2006
The quest for a perfect synthesis of public and private existence may lead us to online 'metaverses' where we don't really exist at all.
Wednesday, May 3 2006
What do murderous Halloween masks, a monster enclosed in a Carpathian fortress, and a legion of interstellar soul suckers have in common? According to our resident scare scholar, they are part of a trio of '80s horror films that have been unfairly maligned by critics and fans alike.
Tuesday, May 2 2006
A behind-the-scenes peek at television pilot programs the networks almost wanted you to see -- until someone got wise.
Monday, May 1 2006
Their best anchors gone, now, their viewership bailing for Internet sources, US network news programs find themselves drifting.
Sunday, April 30 2006
From natural disasters to political upheaval, chaos reigns as Alave chronicles an unforgiving February in the Philippines.
Thursday, April 27 2006
As my eyes locked on that stark casket, my mind tripped out. The cognitive dissonance of it all shut me down until they played Aunt Shirley's 'Here's to Life'.
Wednesday, April 26 2006
What we have on the Internet at the moment is a global village with some dodgy side streets. Some international interests are advocating new 'construction', if you will -- using materials that are more to their liking.
Tuesday, April 25 2006
The draft, for all its baroque embellishment and glitz, essentially replays the same drama of bygone sandlot days.
Monday, April 24 2006
In Well, Lisa Kron asks, what is the difference between the healthy and the ill? And also, why does my mom keep fucking up my play?
Sometimes, the written word can be far more evocative than the most memorable motion picture. Such is the case with John Cheever's classic short story about alienation amongst the sun-drenched swimming pools of suburbia.