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.
Sunday, April 23 2006
Like American society itself, baseball is governed by a win-at-all costs mentality that doesn't discourage cheating -- only getting caught.
Wednesday, April 19 2006
How can you possibly know why you 'like' something you assume you like unless you confront that which you have dismissed? Jenkins discusses the importance of spending time with the music that immediately displeases us.
On The Great British Design Quest a new sort of made-for-TV entertainment/culture show, the best that Britain has to offer is at the mercy of the masses.
Tuesday, April 18 2006
Bandes Dessinées (BDs, or drawn strips, bound in hardcover 'albums'), a Franco-Belgian cross between comics and graphic novels, are crazily popular in Paris.
Desperate for a symbol other than Fight Club's Tyler Durden to help 'realign your perceptions' on life? Look no further than Walt Disney's 1964 family classic, and a certain subversive nanny who understands rebellion all too well.
Monday, April 17 2006
Costambeys-Kempczynski imagines a French version of The Apprentice. The day after the first episode is aired, French employees would stand around the coffee machine, point at each other, and shout 'Vous êtes muté!'; that is, 'You're Transferred!'.