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.

Wednesday, September 7 2005

We Came! We Game! Get Used to It!

30,000 gamers descend on middle America to dress up, get down, and spook the squares.

Tuesday, September 6 2005

Talking Turkey

Where did our East Coast boy get that Texas twang?

Monday, September 5 2005

The Black Die Young

Black genocide in the horror genre has reached hilarious proportions -- and Harris can't get enough of it.

Thursday, September 1 2005

A Horror Renaissance

Horror is hot again. In his new column, Lanzagorta explains how the current scary movie revival is but a regurgitation of the fears and paranoias of the 1970s, and quite apropos for these times.

Wednesday, August 31 2005

Ebony Then, Now and Later

With its founder, John H. Johnson passed, can Ebony adapt to the new era of black publications -- and live on?

Tuesday, August 30 2005

Buccaneers Leave Manchester Disunited

In an effort to add to their respective toy chests, moguls are getting their kicks out of soccer by turning the proud pastime into a sport of corporate acquisition.

//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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