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Wednesday, September 24 2003


It wasn't until I disembarked in Narita, with my bottle of French brandy and Eiffel Tower mug and Polish soccer scarf and amber bracelet from the darkest Slavic forests, that I reentered the world of the living.

Tuesday, September 23 2003

On Film Stars, Politicians, and Gods

Sometimes, when reality gets too unreal, you have to let unreality become real.

Wednesday, September 17 2003

Profit America

We have a government run by people whose only goal is to enrich corporate profits, and we're paying the price; with our jobs, our health care, our international credibility, and our future.

Tooting Her Horn

She was tempestuous, gluttonous, selfish and vulnerable: everything that an artist as genius is supposed to be.

Thursday, September 11 2003

Laughing Matters?

Have we maybe now entered that post-modern world where sophisticated audiences can 'read' the levels of a joke without being corrupted by the main text?

Thursday, September 4 2003

A Missive From the Front Lines of Fandom

Fans are forming their own entertainment subcultures, creating their own distinct meanings, and, to steal a phrase from the IWW, creating a 'new society within the shell of the old.'

The Folly of Parenthood

Many (children) continue to live with their parents into their thirties and consume the family's savings in college tuition, sumptuous weddings, expensive divorces, and parasitic habits.

Wednesday, August 27 2003

Making Prime Time Perfectly Queer

The charm and fashion sense of the Fab Five also eludes some members and/or advocates of the gay community.

Help Her, She’s Melting

The truth is, Lara doesn't know who she is anymore, and neither does anyone else. Is she a film star, a role model, a video game avatar or all three?

Wednesday, August 20 2003

Dancing with Nothing but Heart

Through their performance art they have dealt with the legislation of sodomy, addressed the smoking of marijuana, contemplated being trained to behave in the world by learning the 'tricks' that society expects, and confronted homophobia and anti-Semitism.

1-800-Call-Center: India as the World’s Receptionist

Many Indians are now merely perceived as better equipped to serve Western companies.

SMAP: The Story of Everything

It wouldn't be far-fetched to venture that SMAP is a cultural institution, a cottage industry, and a magical commodity that works tirelessly to beget more commodities.

Thursday, August 14 2003

Cleveland Heights, A City of Culture and Contrasts

. . . in the midst of difference -- wealth and education here, poverty and despair just over there -- Americans retain an essential respect for the symbols of the city, the physical pillars of the nation.

Thursday, August 7 2003

The CEO-In-Chief

George W. Bush brought his CEO ethic to the White House. And that's the problem.

Catch Them If You Can

Why would someone who obviously has enough talent to be hired by a venerable institution feel the need to ruin themselves, and more importantly, shame the institution with which they are affiliated?

Thursday, July 24 2003

We Can Be Heroes

As gamers we may be brave in the virtual world but maybe we're actually just running scared from reality.

Crossing Borders, Writing Back: The Work of Arundhati Roy and Mahasweta Devi

Novelists across generations and national borders have had feet planted simultaneously in the worlds of fiction and non-fiction, creative writing and journalism.

The Myth of Mental Illness

Suicide, substance abuse, narcissism, eating disorders, antisocial ways, schizotypal symptoms, depression, even psychosis are considered sick by some cultures -- and utterly normative or advantageous in others.

Wednesday, July 16 2003

No Question: The Media Is Right

Why are these and countless other distortions swallowed by the media and fed to the American public without question?

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