Wednesday, October 5 2005

The Coiffure Connection

Ever wonder why Samuel L. Jackson seems so overly concerned with his fade? Follicle scholar Harris uncovers this 'very special episode' of a certain Bravo interview show which explains why, for this amazing actor, its hair, not the play, that's the thing.

Tuesday, October 4 2005

Turning In, Tuning Out

Many directors have used tried and tested avant-garde techniques to bolster the suspension of disbelief in editing, in camerawork, in sound design, and in narrative. But the single greatest gift to the escapist film comes from an altogether separate medium: music.

Monday, October 3 2005

The Customer Is Always Wrong

Among other things, customer service is little more than survelliance with a smile. The end of craven customer service could return some dignity to the world of consumption.

Sunday, October 2 2005

Impeach George W. Bush

As Hurricane Katrina nearly blew New Orleans off the map, George W. Bush blew the chance to fulfill his presidential duties.

Thursday, September 29 2005

Rudy Can’t Fail

Listen up, suckas. Dolemite is back on the scene...and to hear Gibron tell it, all them rat soap eating, born insecure jack-jawed wannabes better step aside.

Still Howling: A Poem for Then and Now

If Elvis Presley fuelled a visceral revolution, Allen Ginsberg lit the blue-touch paper on an intellectual one.

Wednesday, September 28 2005

What Keeps Me Burning

We've all got to die someday. 'Till then, why not light(en) up?

Tuesday, September 27 2005

A Fistful of Maggots

In his second column, Lanzagorta focuses his attention on a ferocious Italian filmmaker whose gore-laden lunacy redefined the zombie horror genre.

Monday, September 26 2005

Kathmandu and The Traveler With Bad Timing

Shiva, the Hindu god that simultaneously dances life and death, is a perfect icon for modern-day Kathmandu.

Sunday, September 25 2005

Why Hip-Hop Sucks Part 2: Naming Names

It may be getting louder, but it ain't getting any better...

Thursday, September 22 2005

Cool Hand Koizumi?

Japan's PM, Junichiro Koizumi, is a master of those tricky steps in the political waltz.

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.

//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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