Tuesday, August 22 2006
It is time to face a fundamental vacation truth: no matter how post-touristic we like to think we are, no matter how much money we throw at travelling halfway around the world in order to escape our mundane routine lives, there are only two types of holiday-goer and both are of the Real Touristik variety.
Monday, August 21 2006
In playing up the punk rock, DIY ethos of skaters, surf bums, and adrenaline junkies, the X Games (and extreme sports in general) have edged their way forward from the margins of sports culture and now boast a committed following - not least the predatory advertising industry.
Sunday, August 20 2006
The apparent escape into the cultural niches available online will eventually lead directly into data-collecting advertisers' traps.
Wednesday, August 16 2006
Horror fandom finds its gruesome, gory touchstone in this second half of our look at genre publications, and its arrival signals a real renaissance in the power and influence of motion picture macabre.
Tuesday, August 15 2006
Alave expounds upon the Philippine's separation of church and state; or rather, the lack thereof.
Monday, August 14 2006
Hallelujah, it's raining blood! The Unholy Alliance Tour, a veritable distillation of the current state of contemporary metal on wheels, descends upon Western Canada and finally ends Begrand's 22-year wait to witness Slayer in the flesh.
Sunday, August 13 2006
People magazine is more than just a gossip rag or a teller of heartwarming tales: it's a secretly subversive publication, bent on reshaping society's attitudes about beauty and sexual desire.
Thursday, August 10 2006
For the second installment in an ongoing series profiling contemporary composers, Jenkins reports on Meredith Monk, whose compositions and performances integrate the personal aspects of the body in a manner wholly removed from the majority of current musical production.
Wednesday, August 9 2006
The scary-smart 20Q AI project asks: Animal, vegetable, mineral or legendary '70s rock star?
Tuesday, August 8 2006
As I sat there in the theater watching The Da Vinci Code, I wondered how it would be possible to follow the knotty narrative if you hadn't read the book first.
Monday, August 7 2006
Fan expectations of Brazilian players are fierce. At their hotel in Germany, the Brazilian team was booed by a number of fans who had traveled there for World Cup -- and more were waiting at home.
Sunday, August 6 2006
There's probably not a single place on earth where one won't run into an Australian. Hummel speculates on what compels her people to travel so.
Thursday, August 3 2006
Gene Kelly and Bruce Lee were from different generations and decidedly divergent disciplines. Yet they have more in common than one might imagine.
Tuesday, August 1 2006
Seaver is a true product of the post-modern media. Glued to the tube like most of the '80s underage denizens, he lived on a steady latchkey diet of Full House, Thundercats and Charles in Charge.
Monday, July 31 2006
As Communism's old guard is gradually relegated to the past, much of Eastern Europe is faced with a decidedly non-traditional youth movement. But are countries like Hungary and the Czech Republic ready for the political make-over?
Sunday, July 30 2006
In the first in a series of examinations of foreign musicians we meet the Subs, a Chinese band who, no matter how good (or bad) their music, are first and foremost Chinese -- whether they like it or not.
Thursday, July 27 2006
This will go down in history as an infamous summer, the summer Lebanon -- with all its hopes, its charms, its weaknesses -- was abandoned.
Wednesday, July 26 2006
In the first of a two part examination on the subject, our scholar of scares looks back at the role genre magazines played in the creation of the rabid macabre movie fanbase we see today.
Monday, July 24 2006
Think Summer of 2006's popcorn movies have been more bust than boffo? You're not alone, according to our resident mainstream movie maven.
Sunday, July 23 2006
Tom Cruise is NOT Gay... but Anderson Cooper Might Be.