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Wednesday, October 22 2003

Killing in Translation

When we're in Japan, we feel we've somehow become more worldly and debonair than we really are.

Tuesday, October 21 2003

Fantastic Trash, Modular Man, and the Postcolonial City

While the city of Chandigarh -- modular man -- marched visibly, unabashedly into scientific modernity, Nek Chand -- the trash man -- began secretly transforming his odd collection of junk into art.

Wednesday, October 15 2003

African Diminuendo of a Classic Sound

I predicted that 10 years down the line, not only would this audience not be with us any longer, but neither would the music that they hear: not in Africa, at least.

Technosoul: They Sing The Black Body Electric

In this music, technology enabled these musicians, DJs, and producers, to take what was human and create the posthuman.

Tuesday, October 14 2003

The Motives of Intimigate

The leak of classified information was a coded threat . . . they better keep their mouths shut and stay silent about what they know is true.

Wednesday, October 8 2003

What’s in the Wash

Whether today's babies are clinging to a skinny, malnourished hip, or being wheeled about in a plush, triple stroller, come the time they reach working age -- should they reach working age -- they might well outnumber the souls of the dead and the posts they've vacated.

Tuesday, October 7 2003

Patriots, Terrorists, and Liberty’s Future

Politics and Culture/East and West -- Americans are torn between the conflicting demands of liberty and security.

Ready, Steady, Goth

Just as the sounds on the dance floor borrow from Detroit and Trenchtown, Bombay and Cape Town, so those who groove to them take their sartorial vision, their individual style, from something closer to multiculture than subculture.

Wednesday, October 1 2003

Talkin’ ‘Bout an Evolution

With their vibrant colours and cacophonous noises, video games constantly seek to insist on their primacy as agents of the Digital Moment. They get better all the time. Don't they?

Warning: You’ve Been Flash Mobbed!

The Dadaists were doing this in Zurich in 1916 . . .

Morality as Collateral Damage

The universal imperative 'thou shall not kill (another human being)' is easily over-ruled by the moral obligation to kill for one's country. The imperative 'though shall not steal' is superseded by one's moral obligation to spy for one's nation.

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.

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