Wednesday, January 25 2006

Public Figure Him Figurehead

A visual hiphop artist, Basquiat rolled hiphop style by liberally sampling African-American icons, comic book superheroes, and cultural totems at will.

Tuesday, January 24 2006

Spies Like Us, or, Not Just Anyone Can Be a Dick

From one master of disguise and snooping about to another; only I can detect the ploy behind your clever techniques! But no worries -- your secrets are safe with me.

Art and Artifice

Trends, fads and formulas -- the stuff of modern cinema. This month's To Be Seen looks back at how Hollywood came to this place, and reflects on a time when a 'movie' and a 'film' were not two different artistic ideals.

Monday, January 23 2006

A Change in Seasons (Greetings)

He wants to stay in your good graces, so Holden and his family (yes! the whole family, for including close relations in this complicated, frenzied relations ritual are important!) send their nenga jou to you. All the way from the land of ReDotPop.

A New Kind of Magic: Part I: The Power of Prestidigitation

In the first of a three-part look at the symbiotic relationship between the horror film and special effects, our Dread specialist argues for magician George Melies' place as the father of all F/X-based fright flicks.

Sunday, January 22 2006

Where Have You Gone, J.D.?:  Pro Sports Fans in a Pomo Flux

The marquee names of a franchise are no longer written in lights, as in the time of Joe (J.D.) DiMaggio, but rather in sand, as in the time of Johnny (J.D.) Damon.

Ladies’ Plight

What's most notable about superstars in the last decade is not that there are so few of them. It's that none of them have been female. Of Hollywood's elite women, several have found success largely in the shadows of men.

Thursday, January 19 2006

Post (Modern) Punk

Gimme gimme mock treatment! A Shanghai folk band go suddenly and self-consciously punk in front of an in-on-the-joke Beijing audience.

Meta-Bullshit:  The Trouble with Sarah Silverman and the Fawning Cult of Meta-Bigotry

In the guise of smarts, there's woeful lack of intellect. Silverman tears-up the historical significance of the words she uses only to quilt them back together in meticulously parsed clashes of shock.

Wednesday, January 18 2006

SupraDeluxe Interactive Reader Edition

Our intrepid correspondent answers his fan mail. That which is publishable, anyway.

Monday, January 16 2006

A Pack of Pandas

Zoo-kept pandas inspire musings on civilization-kept humans' sexual behavior.

Love Is Risky Business

With all the Oscar buzz swirling around Ang Lee's taboo-busting drama, our literary liaison wants us to not forget the stellar short story it's based upon.

Sunday, January 15 2006

The Year in Review

Gadgets & Technological Moments of 2005 You Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda Noticed.

Thursday, January 12 2006

Chuck Berry: A-Merry-Can Rebel

Hail! Hail! One of rock 'n' roll's most innovative mavericks whose dissenting rebellion was fueled by subversive humor.

Wednesday, January 11 2006

Cairo in Capetown

Away on holiday Lindsey finds that thoughts of Cairo have followed her to Capetown, and representations of Egypt are seen nearly everywhere in South Africa. If only she could bring back hopeful traces of Capetown for Cairo...

Tuesday, January 10 2006

Trailer Fabulous

Call them examples of alcoholism as the avant-garde, or experimentalism accented with several cans of Spam, but actor/filmmaker Giuseppe Andrews is onto something with his masterful trailer park epics.

Songs Without Words, or So They Say: A Meditation on Titles

Exactly how should the title of a wordless piece of music influence our experience of the music itself? Jenkins muses on how titles interact with the instrumental pieces they represent and, furthermore, on musical selections with no titles at all.

Monday, January 9 2006

Black (and Blue) and White and Red All Over

In his debut column on classic films, Ciampaglia digs deep into Alexander MacKendrick's oft-forgotten Sweet Smell of Success, a 1957 cinematic treat (like a cookie full of arsenic).

Information Whirlwind

The prestige of sharing an extensive downloaded music library is wearing so thin that it's becomming almost as transparent as that ever-blowing cyber wind.

Sunday, January 8 2006

In the Time of B.K. (Before Kobe)

They didn't command big bucks and they'd never know the level of celebrity of today's counterparts, but the early black players transcended the sport and were vital to creating this legendary black cultural institution; otherwise known as basketball.

//Mixed media

Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"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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