Thursday, July 14 2005

Cleaning Up After the Train Wreck

When (witting and unwitting) celebrities make train wrecks of their lives, the crowd will be sure to be there to cheer them on. But in the aftermath, they're alone with nothing but a broom and one helluva mess.

Wednesday, July 13 2005

Club Heavy: Daegu Rocks

There's this little-known place in Daegu that has a very big sound...

‘WOW’ of the Worlds

The 2005 War of the Worlds may be one of the few times where the credits 'based on the book by...' actually has a legitimate meaning.

Tuesday, July 12 2005

System’s Down

An urgent appeal for competent technical support for the United States' mainframe.

Monday, July 11 2005

Fighting Hollywood’s Super-Relapse

Director-driven fare is back in Hollywood vogue, and one of the great joys of this new auteurist era is watching it spill into comic book adaptations.

Friday, July 8 2005

The “Me” Syndrome

Marginal Utility -- The 'Me' Syndrome -- The glamorization of the rich inner life is the primary achievement of the culture industry, since what it sells is the kind of ripe fantasy that only one with a rich inner life would prefer to actual living.

Wednesday, July 6 2005

Supreme Court Smackdown

Separation of Church and State in the US is a myth. As Sandra Day O'Connor steps down from her seat on the US Supreme Court, the country prepares for another Holy War.

Fuego in Tu Ciudad

Two Latino magazines take very different approaches to capturing and expressing the complexity of Latinidad.

Tuesday, July 5 2005

A Stateless Passport, Please

Pipe dream or realistic potentiality? Thoughts on the merits of universal citizenship and the freedoms it could, in an ideal world, generate.

Friday, July 1 2005

Spoon-feeding Glamour: Hollywood Knows Best

The mainstream movie fan, in all reality, simply does not want to watch actors, no matter how talented, that they neither recognize nor care about.

Thursday, June 30 2005


Lewis serves as your guide on this pleasant historical walking tour of black Paris.

Wednesday, June 29 2005

Men Talk Pretty These Days

Cosmetics and cosmetic surgery isn't just for the girls, anymore.

There’s no ‘TV’ in ‘Team’

If the degree to which art imitates life can be a measure of greatness then The Office is king of the workplace comedy.

Tuesday, June 28 2005

Vive La France!

A dozen Francais artists -- including electro-jazz troupe St Germain and tango-meets-dub-and-beats act Gotan Project, among others -- played a massive stage in a downtown Beijing park to an audience of several thousand merry revellers.

Do White Folks Get the Blues?

If white folks don't really get the blues, they certainly preserve it, record it, and put together and attend festivals where the music is rightfully celebrated.

Monday, June 27 2005

A Very Public Affair

Egyptian women face social stigma over failed urfi marriages and the paternity cases that often result from these marriages, but one woman has put herself at the feminist forefront.

Friday, June 24 2005

Impending Drastic Inevitables

At PopMatters, we've seen the future. So . . . want some investment advice?

Thursday, June 23 2005

Media Mainstream? There’s Still an Alternative

All the news that's fit to print -- at least fit to print outside the publishing mainstream -- the alternative newspaper is alive and well on both sides of the pond.

Wednesday, June 22 2005

Breaking the Rules: Subverting Traditional Masculinity on the Court and Beyond

Society's pressures complicate black male friendships. The basketball court is one place where black men can just be friends.

Tuesday, June 21 2005

Gray Like Me

We grays won't overcome until that one special gray actor or actress steps forward to show us as living, breathing entities with more to offer than a healthy head of hair and corporate hireability.

//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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