Columns

Wednesday, October 27 2004

Now He’s 64: A Late Lennon Landmark

Sixty-four-year-olds aren't what they used to be, and if John Lennon were still alive, he would probably not be living the quaint parlour scene played out in McCartney's ditty.


Wednesday, October 20 2004

Always Take the Weather With You

For those types of games that allude in same way to the real world, weather's configuration, representation, and possibly meaning, ought to be a major consideration.


You Can’t Force the Vote

Newsweek's Anna Quindlen thinks fining non-voters in the US is a good idea. Thompson, his university students, and some friends who lived under communist dictatorships in Hungary and the Czech Republic, think otherwise.


The High and Low of Black Literature

What's happening now in black literature is similar to the smooth jazz/serious jazz dichotomy; urban fiction is getting more 'play' to the public, and fine literature is experienced only by the cognoscenti.


Wednesday, October 13 2004

Influential Alternative Record Labels: Bloodshot Records and the New Traditionalism

Like a latter-day Alan Ladd as Shane, Chicago-based independent label, Bloodshot Records, has taken upon itself the role of savior of the sagebrush, mixing it up in the robber-baron world of corporate Country.


Brussels Fair

The best literature on the world's great cities becomes massive solidifications of cities as enlarged physical characterisations; maps of the full gamut of human expression and suffering. Breebaart sees much-overlooked Brussels as next up for such great literary work.


Is It Time to Reclaim Crazy White Kids’ Suicide Music?

To this day, with all that history behind us, black folks are accused of jumping to the other side whenever their music veers off the beaten track. Keep on jumping.


Wednesday, October 6 2004

Derailing the Peace Train

If the former Cat Stevens were barred entry to the US due to his bad music, one might not feel compelled to defend him. As it is, we've got a problem, here.


Convenience and the Cost of Free Music

Horning is not sure if he should admire those who maintain a personal ethical code and refrain from downloading free music -- a function the record industry has enabled -- or despise them for holding back the revolution.


Tuesday, October 5 2004

Let’s Talk @!#?%!# Politics

Should a celebrity's pointed comments on political issues slip past the censors, it's worth listening.


Wednesday, September 29 2004

Role Model at Bat?

It's not that a black child can't appreciate the talents of a white baseball star; it's just that a black athlete's accomplishments mean more to that child because the athlete looks like him/her, and therefore, that black athlete is a role model.


Cairo, Close-up

Lindsey's varied and complex neighbourhood is but a speck in the great dusty bowl that is Cairo. It's also very much like any patch of urban life found elsewhere in the world.


ReDotBlueDotPop: At Home, Away

Holden takes a two-hour plane ride from Tokyo to Seoul and finds himself in a completely different, yet paradoxically very similar world of Japanese and Korean pop culture.


Mercury’s Message: Low Key, High Quality

The Mercury Prize helps spread the gospel of talented UK musicians beyond the confines of their homeland, without over-the-top, Grammy-like showboating.


Wednesday, September 22 2004

Crouching Tiger: The Republicans’ Duplicitous Position on Iran

Ayatollah Khomeini's regime had, in effect, manipulated the results of the 1980 US elections by ensuring Reagan's victory. Such on-again/off-again, under-the-table 'I'll scratch your back, you scratch mine' politics continue to this day.


Much Nicer in Nice

The rich may have their opulent holiday spots, such as Monte Carlo, but it is the emerging class of the café society; younger, multicultural and trendy, that truly knows how to have fun in the cosmopolitan cities of the world.


Tuesday, September 21 2004

Good Parent/Bad Parent

Whether you are a philanthropist or a desultory sadist, you get to name and nurture or abuse and ignore your new pet according to your generous spirit or whim... much like real parenthood, dare I suggest.


Wednesday, September 15 2004

G.B.V—R.I.P:  For the Love of Rock

Our newest music columnist pays tribute to dearly departed Guided By Voices and remembers their 20-year career as indie legends.


Medals Über Alles

Still feeling good about the Olympics? Spare a thought for those who didn't make it to the medal podium.


Let Paris Decide

As the school year begins in Paris, there are many new changes facing students and teachers: hijabs, kippas, turbans, and large crucifixes -- along with knives, guns and other weapons -- will have to be left at the school gate.


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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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