Thursday, September 29 2005

Still Howling: A Poem for Then and Now

If Elvis Presley fuelled a visceral revolution, Allen Ginsberg lit the blue-touch paper on an intellectual one.

Wednesday, September 28 2005

What Keeps Me Burning

We've all got to die someday. 'Till then, why not light(en) up?

Tuesday, September 27 2005

A Fistful of Maggots

In his second column, Lanzagorta focuses his attention on a ferocious Italian filmmaker whose gore-laden lunacy redefined the zombie horror genre.

Monday, September 26 2005

Kathmandu and The Traveler With Bad Timing

Shiva, the Hindu god that simultaneously dances life and death, is a perfect icon for modern-day Kathmandu.

Sunday, September 25 2005

Why Hip-Hop Sucks Part 2: Naming Names

It may be getting louder, but it ain't getting any better...

Thursday, September 22 2005

Cool Hand Koizumi?

Japan's PM, Junichiro Koizumi, is a master of those tricky steps in the political waltz.

Wednesday, September 21 2005

Africa Talks to You

To thrive in a new country, immigrants must cultivate a degree of economic insularity. As a woman from Senegal tells, Paris' Little Africa is no exception.

Tuesday, September 20 2005

Making Lemonade

Faced with the challenge of regaining his intellectual identity, Bad Librarian escapes the morass of linguistic lethargy by losing himself in the wonderful world of poetry.

The Last Action Hero

Indiana Jones is 63 years old, and we're in trouble.

Monday, September 19 2005

The Kindness of Strange Punks

In a foreign land twice-removed, Campbell discovers that punks, even mohawked ones, aren't all devils.

The Big Uneasy: Lamentations on Dressing Like a Lawyer

Like it or not, as a first-year law student and future lawyer, some small part of Santos has to take that compromising step toward dressing corporate.

Sunday, September 18 2005


Before Katrina, network news had spent a lot of time bemoaning the lack of viewers, to which I would like to respond; maybe you shouldn't have been so stupid.

Thursday, September 15 2005

When the Waves of Colonialism and Tsunamis Are Gone

After years of repression, Indonesia is experiencing a rush of energy and enquiry usually associated with great shifts of national character.

Wednesday, September 14 2005

South Africa’s Ongoing Struggle Against Discrimination

Before the end of this year South Africa could be the fifth country and the first on the African continent to legalize same-sex marriages. But as Leonard reports, despite open-minded policy and laws, many closets are likely to remain shut.

Tuesday, September 13 2005

“Please Teach Me English”

Kimchi Casserole -- 'Please Teach Me English' -- South Korean students are under great pressure to learn English. Movies such as Please Teach Me English offer comic relief.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Dullest of Them All?

In this month's installment, Makowsky wonders why, in either kid-friendly or mainstream motion picture versions, the Brothers Grimm just can't get any respect.

Monday, September 12 2005

Dove Just Wants to Have Fun

Is bigger always better? For Dove, so long as it brings in big bucks, it is.

The Case for Tom Cruise

If we are indeed witnessing the death rattle of Cruise's career, then perhaps it's time to give him some credit for what it was that made his stardom so impenetrable for so long.

Sunday, September 11 2005

We Say ‘No’; You Say ‘Non’. Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off.

England vs. France. A bit of good humour on both sides, heard just above the snarls.

Thursday, September 8 2005

Buy Me Beautiful

Thanks to cosmetic surgery, our bodies are now commodities.

//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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