Thursday, April 22 2010
The cutting-edge of literary studies uses brain scans and evolutionary psychology to fashion a science of reading, but these techniques have already been at work crafting the latest and most invasive phase of capitalism.
Monday, April 19 2010
I wanted to feel like a poor man’s Andrew Zimmern, a poorer man’s Anthony Bourdain, bravely about to embark on an edible adventure by eating KFC's bunless Double Down sandwich.
Thursday, April 15 2010
Suburban discontent in Richard Yates' Revolutionary Road, John Updike's Couples and Richard Ford's Independence Day. The idea or myth of suburbia is just as real as the actual shopping centers, schools, etc.
Wednesday, April 7 2010
For years, society had two perceptions of what lesbians look like. Today, high fashion and lesbians aren't such strangers -- and it's getting harder to tell, Is She or Isn't She?
Tuesday, March 30 2010
Sexual stereotyping reached a fever pitch this month; call it March Madness.
Wednesday, March 17 2010
Imagine inhabiting a body that was completely contradictory to what your mind said was right for you. How far would you go to make your body reflect who you really are?
Tuesday, March 16 2010
John Pizzarelli is cool enough to be modern but hot enough to be 'old' -- and he knows what he's doing with that voice, even if he's no Sinatra.
Wednesday, March 10 2010
Sutton's life as a soldier, lawyer, politician and businessman left a vast legacy not only to Harlem, but to all of America.
Sunday, February 21 2010
A tribute to the signature interwar polymath: the historian, activist, dramatist, dockyard worker and teacher Howard Zinn.
Thursday, February 18 2010
While we are building identity in social networks, our online behavior generates a plenitude of information, meanings and content that constitutes a "cognitive surplus" generated by the "hive mind".
Wednesday, February 10 2010
There will come a time, inevitably, where nearly every fan will find themselves backing a loser.
Tuesday, February 9 2010
Latins have the ALMAs, African-Americans the NAACP Image Awards, Christians the Dove Awards, so why isn't there a serious awards show given by the LGBT community for LGBT artists?
Wednesday, January 27 2010
Ang Lee captures the '70s on film the way Rick Moody captures the era in the book The Ice Storm. It's the midst of the sexual revolution, the Watergate scandal is erupting, and the country's social consciousness is changing.
Tuesday, January 26 2010
Like their straight counterparts, LGBT comics offer a wide range of world-views. Were they to gain more attention in traditional media, they could help convince that there is no such thing as a "typical" gay or lesbian.
Thursday, January 21 2010
Industrial design aspires to the commanding heights of consumer society, building its policy prescriptions and dogmatic assumptions about what makes us happy directly into the objects available to us.
Orwell declared that there are “four great motives” for writing: sheer egoism, aesthetic enthusiasm, historical impulse, and political purpose. As for the rest of us...
Wednesday, January 20 2010
How can you explain the difference between Julia Child and Rachael Ray without acknowledging the elephant in pop culture's living room? We're getting dumber.
Thursday, January 14 2010
The year 2009 saw no shortage of jumping-off points for wrestling with how black folks regard their visages, how everyone else regards black visages, and how we all negotiate the distance between the two.
Sunday, January 10 2010
PopMatters debuts our new fashion column. Swinging London’s Mods were at the cutting edge of the fashion world, setting a trend of rebellious dress that altered practically nothing from the standards of contemporary British society.
Thursday, December 17 2009
The myths of unspoiled frontiers and the freedom of the open road, lives played out on the margins of society, attachment and detachment, wrestling matches with the ghosts of Samuel Beckett and Louis L’Amour…