Tuesday, July 12 2011
A Conversation with Deaf Muslim Filmmaker Sabina England about punk attitudes, Deaf identities, and Muslim treatment in post 9-11 America.
Monday, July 11 2011
Imagine an old issue of Wired magazine, a monstrous cellphone (I think they were called “car phones” at that time), and a beat up Game Boy. Now, imagine the Internet, as it was, beside such artifacts.
Sunday, July 10 2011
Electronic music has always maintained an ambivalent attitude towards labor, at once rejecting the notion of wage internment and creative inhibition while embracing the beauty of the cyborgian mechanics of the factory and the allure of discipline and dominance.
Friday, July 1 2011
In America, art tells the story of an early predominance of classical European ideals, the emergence of a national identity amidst civil war, and the melting-pot existentialism that dominated a media-obsessed 20th century.
Tuesday, June 21 2011
No city in England “enjoys” such an entrenched, venomous, and savage sports rivalry as Manchester does with City and United. It's no wonder that a recent survey found Manchester to be the “rudest city in the world”.
What reality television has done for prime time programming it can also do for presidential politics.
Monday, June 20 2011
They say you gotta laugh to keep from crying. A simple dose of pure silliness taken on a regular basis is much needed, these days.
Friday, June 17 2011
Dr. Logan of Day of the Dead says that zombies can be domesticated and conditioned to behave – that’s exactly what some parents of punks believe, too.
Tuesday, June 14 2011
It may seem a stretch to connect the work of Tennessee Williams with that of a slapstick cartoon character, but both pushed sexual boundaries and allowed viewers to consider sexuality outside of the conventional heteronormative values prevalent under the restrictive Hayes Code.
Monday, June 13 2011
As artists have become less concerned with telling stories and more concerned with creating emotional connections and mimicking experiences, art has shifted from creating beauty to expressing the heady nature of 'truth'.
Thursday, June 2 2011
When anticipation of death combines with the cult of celebrity, stars are pressured to literally give up the ghost -- or at least produce the effect through artistic means.
Tuesday, May 17 2011
Bernard Hopkins, Jalen Rose and any other athlete that is confused about black male identity, might want to spend a few hours at their local public library and read up on Muhammad Ali and Duane Thomas.
Wednesday, May 11 2011
America's obsession with the Civil War reveals not-so-invisible wounds that linger to this day in the landscape and the nation's psyche.
Tuesday, May 10 2011
On the surface, whiteface performers often exaggerate widely recognized and aesthetically pleasing aspects of white people and culture from a minority viewpoint: light eyes, light colored hair, swanky clothes, snobbish attitude...
Monday, April 25 2011
Looking back at the Fab Five’s reign in the early '90s, it was framed by numerous moments in blackness, including the burgeoning crossover of hip-hop music and culture into mainstream “white” America, Rodney King’s beating, the ‘hood genre in film, and Michael Jackson’s vitiligo.
Monday, April 18 2011
Considering the Afterlife as an eternal baseball game illuminates why 72 virgins might not be the ideal final reward.
Sunday, April 10 2011
All the illegal art, if taken as a combined unstable code and signature, are like short-lived tattoos on the municipal skins of cities.
Thursday, March 31 2011
From the fado taverns of Alfama to the legendary cafes of Chaida, the Global Prowlers explore Western Europe´s most welcoming city. "What a happening, undiscovered city," I said to Clare as we walked back to our hostel. "Do you think we could move to Lisbon?"
Wednesday, March 23 2011
Despite her love of books, Jackie Kennedy Onassis spent a lifetime trying to prevent people from writing about her, sometimes with the accompanying threat of legal action. Her entire life was led with one arm thrust outward, eyes cast downward, keeping the world at bay.
Monday, March 21 2011
Now don’t get me wrong—of course I believe in saving the planet (at least until scientists determine if there are other inhabitable planets with better mobile phone service), but there's gotta be a limit.