Wednesday, August 3 2005

Travelogue: The Palio

A centuries-old, 90-second horse race, a bottle of cheap vino, and days of rivalry, camaraderie, and party-heavy pagentry.

Tuesday, August 2 2005

Paying the Piper. Or Not.

Urban cool Beijingers are happy to spend their money on alcohol, karaoke, and high-end food. But when it comes to paying a cover to attend a live show, something happens: their sense of self-importance precludes their willingness to pay to be entertained by others.

Location, Location, Location

Bricks and mortar will unavoidably symbolize different things to different people, and they are very rarely going to coincide.

Monday, August 1 2005

The Complexities of American Exile

For Lewis, the ties that bind are simultaneously knotted, loose, and frayed.

Sunday, July 31 2005

Danger Ahead? Proceed at Your Own Risk

Dark humour and troubling times cross paths as a harbinger of things to come.

Thursday, July 28 2005


The 'fun' in fertility. Japan's unzipped, let it all hang out there approach to sex, er, 'fertilty'.

Wednesday, July 27 2005

The Undead Underground

Although Hollywood might have rotted the zombie film through insipid cliché, there's plenty of 'fresh meat' available from these straight-to-video auteurs.

Tuesday, July 26 2005

How to Find a Mate in Five TV Shows or Less

Scientists have spent a great deal of time deconstructing physical desirability among humans. But all they had to do was watch 100 Hottest Hotties and call it a day.

Sunday, July 24 2005

Iran: Dancing in the Spotlight

A joke among Iranian exiles is that since the revolution, Iran takes one step forward and three steps back. With Ahmadinejad's election, it appears Iran is doing this shuffle, again.

Thursday, July 21 2005

Keepin’ It Real(ity)

Without an acknowledgment of race, reality TV can never be 'real'; it can only be '-ity'.

Wednesday, July 20 2005

I Don’t Feel Tardy

What goes around to the hip, comes around to us all... eventually.

Tuesday, July 19 2005

The 70s House

This is the show where executives have finally zeroed in on that most tricky aspect of addictive programming - the absolute lowest possible denominator.

Handy Travel Packets

Lord Vader, Maul, and all things Sith have arrived from a galaxy far, far away intent on conquering a brave new world... the world of Advertising.

Monday, July 18 2005

Know Thy Enemy

Alave detects the return of martial law in the Philippines' hot summer air.

Friday, July 15 2005

Oprah’s Feel-Good-About-Herself Zulu Identity

The motivational Oprah Winfrey show rolled into Johannesburg recently and a rather eccentric pronouncement by the talk-show queen prompted our correspondent, Charles Leonard, to write her this open letter about identity...

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.

//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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