Thursday, March 24 2016
The Lives of Frederick Douglass and Picturing Frederick Douglass reveal a radical approach to discussing politics, race and self.
Friday, March 11 2016
Arye Michael Bender reprises his role as defrocked '70s guru Octavio Coleman in the upcoming part spin-off, part sequel, part prequel and completely mind-bending film, The Esquire.
Monday, March 7 2016
When you see and hear a group of children in star-spangled cheerleader outfits lip-syncing the words “Cowardice! Are you serious?” to an EDM reworking of the 1917 patriotic song “Over There”, that is the moment you should wake up.
Friday, March 4 2016
It's possible to trace much of 20th Century America’s history through the pages of the Defender, a local paper with a national impact.
Tuesday, February 23 2016
One of the less celebrated satirists of religion, a study of some of Randy Newman's key songs reveals a subtle subversive at work.
Monday, February 22 2016
The insightful new study, Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style, demonstrates how Japan beat American fashion at its own game
Thursday, February 18 2016
Steven Spielberg's most child-friendly blockbuster primed a generation to be more accepting of homosexuality.
Wednesday, February 17 2016
In true Euro-pop fashion, Lio's marriage of risqué innuendo and brightly-coloured pop during the '80s resounded fashionably with the French.
Tuesday, February 16 2016
Sonja Livingston uses poetic essays to breathe life into some of America’s most remarkable, and little known, women.
Monday, February 15 2016
Alinea is my kind of noun, shot through with an intentionality so thorough in its precision and detail that it teeters wonderfully on the edge between magic and psychosis.
Wednesday, February 10 2016
To paraphrase art critic Peter Schjeldahl, beauty is a kind of action and reaction between the work and the viewer, or the listener, or the reader. Beauty happens.
Monday, February 8 2016
The authors of Inventing the Future ask: why think local, when there’s a world to win?
Thursday, February 4 2016
As we use the term today, authenticity allows no truth from art, only from artists. It visits art the way one visits a subway station or an airport: to get to somewhere else.
Friday, January 29 2016
Shusaku Endo’s classic novel of faith, doubt, and intercultural communication, Silence, readies itself for a timely big-screen debut by Director Martin Scorsese.
Thursday, January 28 2016
The most elaborately staged spectacle of 2015 was performed by the “kayaktivists”, a group of environmentalists that successfully stopped oil giant Royal Dutch Shell from drilling in the Arctic.
Wednesday, January 27 2016
Michael Taussig’s work both attracts and angers other anthropologists. It also re-enchants a discipline that is in desperate need of it.
Monday, January 25 2016
Like its Serbian counterpart, Tamil Turbo-folk masquerades as ethno-nationalist resistance against the dislocations brought to bear by nation building, liberalization, and globalization.
Friday, January 15 2016
PopMatters' jazz critics didn't include Kamasi Washington's The Epic on their "Best of 2015" list, despite its huge acclaim by mainstream critics. Here's why.
Tuesday, January 12 2016
The working class song has to speak of boundaries and ambition, but it also has to say where the performer stands among the people, among the classes—or where he thinks he stands, or wants to stand.
Monday, January 11 2016
If all the truth of physics is in the math, what kind of storytelling are we lay persons getting when we read popular accounts of physics that are completely stripped of it?