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Wednesday, May 7 2003

Canon Fodder?

You can count your life not through T.S. Eliot's coffee spoons, but through crucial sax solos and critical Scorcese sequences.


Thursday, May 1 2003

Tupac’s Book Shelf

Price drew on his own training as a Gospel musician and ethnomusicologist to examine Tupac's spiritual development, suggesting that the late artist had surpassed the legacies of John Coltrane and Mahalia Jackson as spiritual figures within the tradition of black music.


Wednesday, April 23 2003

Akihabara Dreams and the New Otaku

(Akihabara) . . . is a place where a wide range of one's emotional needs can be handled through technology and media.


Thursday, April 17 2003

Phoenix in My Backyard

Ziabuya shows the community that there is something special and incredible growing in the city's belly.


Wednesday, April 9 2003

Washington Watch: Greetings from the City of Power

My attempts to take pictures of the barricaded street in front of the State Department are immediately stopped when a guard curtly informed me that photos are forbidden.


Rock in the Academy

Few are stunted or stultified by the need to think about and analyse where rock or reggae or rave fits into the cultural landscape.


The Demise of the West

No official version of the events can survive the onslaught of blogs and multiple news reporting.


Thursday, March 27 2003

Confessions of a ThugNiggaIntellectual

I share a space with them each time I'm profiled in grocery stores, or chillin' with my homies Gramsci and Jay Z at Starbucks.


Wednesday, March 19 2003

Bigmouth Strikes Again: Eight Mistakes that Music Critics Make

We rock critics should have leathery skins and sore throbbing eardrums and calloused typing fingers, and we should accept little in return but the possibility of more great new tunes coming our way.


Outing TV’s Heterosexual Homosexuals

Soap used Jodie's sexual liaison with Carol as an opportunity to have his character function as a heterosexual on the level of plot, yet simultaneously maintain his position as the show's sexual other.


Wednesday, March 12 2003

Genesis and Revelations: From the Midlands to Manhattan

(I)t soon became apparent that the Megsons took a slightly less conventional approach to life.


Wednesday, March 5 2003

Why America is Hated

I firmly believe that it is better to face a forthright villain than a masquerading saint.


Wednesday, February 26 2003

Lessons of the Giant Robot

As commander of an ever-militarizing state with energy-grabbing schemes, George W. Bush seems like our own real-life version of Megatron.


Still a Riot Goin’ On: Fela Kuti, Celebrity Gramscians, and the AIDs Crisis in Africa

Fela's emergence fits the profile of what has come to be known as the Gramscian or organic intellectual.


Thursday, February 20 2003

Kentridge Matters

With his conceptual experiments, collaborative projects and performed artworks, Kentridge has succeeded in awaking everyone to the notion of classical narrative, fabulous music, the South African gesammtkunstwerk . . .


Wednesday, February 12 2003

Rock and Reality: How TV and Pop Got It Together

The young starlets rocketed from obscurity to celebrity overnight also seem likely to return to obscurity, carrying the embarrassing ignominy of their brief TV fame, with them.


Wednesday, February 5 2003

The Great Wave

The false notion that culture exported worldwide is an American invention has been swept into the historical soup of misconception, along with famous fallacies such as Aryan supremacy and the glories of Stalinism or Maoism.


Serial Killers as a Cultural Construct

Such killers are convinced that they are more honest and open about their desires and, thus, morally superior.


Wednesday, January 29 2003

You’re So Bleedin’ Bourgeois!

No other conversation garners as much chit chat and enjoyment amongst not only the French, but most Europeans, as the plight of the frowned-upon bourgeoisie.


Thursday, January 23 2003

Living Out Loud

(T)he legacy of 'An American Family' serves as an important reminder of television's untapped potential to move us, to open our eyes, and to see the world beyond our backyard.


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