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Monday, October 12 2009

Are Comics Like Reading with Training Wheels?

Reading a comic requires multiple forms of literacy and levels of interpretation. Every movement from word to image and back again so as to create a coherent, narrative whole engages the reader’s brain in distinct ways.


Monday, October 5 2009

Tools for the Job: Asserting Femininity in Super Metroid

Super Metroid is unique in that it is the only game in the series that addresses something distinctly female about Samus besides her looks: motherhood.


Sunday, October 4 2009

Sharing: The New Imposition

Twitter is less about disseminating information than it is about subjects trying to make themselves feel more real, ontologically speaking, in a increasingly mediated world.


Thursday, October 1 2009

On the Sixth Day God Created Man…Chester: Part Three

Manchester's working class population showed the world that trade unions can resist authority. Such solidarity and class consciousness is heard in the arrogant sneers of the Stone Roses and Oasis.


Wednesday, September 30 2009

Kris Kristofferson: Leonard Cohen-esque

Kristofferson at times evokes Leonard Cohen, with a voice that pulls the listener into the depths of darkened barrooms, whether to share a sob story or a bit of tongue-in-cheek sagacity. His 20th album is out soon.


Monday, September 28 2009

Jay-Z: The Journey of an Icon

We can debate this greatest rapper business from now until the end of time. Let's just say Jay-Z is the greatest hip-hop icon ever, and call it a day.


Sunday, September 20 2009

Horrifyingly Close to Reality

Western culture’s perspective of torture is complex and paradoxical; it's considered immoral, illegal, primitive, and indecent, yet it's shocking to see that torture methods continue to be used in the interrogation of prisoners of war.


Thursday, September 17 2009

Football v. Football: the NFL v. the Premiership

Like US football, English soccer fans observe their own ritual every weekend. I spent a weekend with fans of both sports to get a taste of exactly what drives and defines these most profitable of cultural endeavors.


Tuesday, September 15 2009

Jazz Cellist Peggy Lee’s ‘Fever’

Peggy Lee—the cellist, not the late singer—is nevertheless all about singing of a sort. She talks to PopMatters about creativity and collaboration in the beautiful city of Vancouver.


Sunday, September 13 2009

Deconstructing the Clap

Rock music is the only art form that invites amateurs to perform along with the professionals – like an oversize version of Kumbaya -- and with predictable results.


Wednesday, September 2 2009

Just Eat It

I'll take the wasabi potato croquettes that came with the lamb racks in the "Sheep in Wolf's Clothing" dish (inspired by TV on the Radio's "Wolf Like Me") over Hard Rock's seasoned fries any day.


Monday, August 31 2009

He’s Just Not That Into Anyone

Asexuals, also known as “aces”, have begun to assert their place as a valid and healthy sexual orientation; even SpongeBob is in on the (lack of) action.


Sunday, August 30 2009

The (Indie) Music Industry Is All Right

The media is too preoccupied with the funeral arrangements of the mainstream music industry to celebrate the life that is happening elsewhere.


Thursday, August 27 2009

Dear Mr. Denby: In Defense of Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino drives critics nuts because he loves movies. 'New Yorker' critic David Denby drives The Rockist nuts because he hates movies.


Monday, August 17 2009

Like ‘The New York Times’—with a Pink Boa and a Tiara

Local LGBT papers are a vital part of our community. They bind us together, and they have played a major role in the development of that community. If only they were more inclusive.


Tuesday, August 11 2009

The ‘Michael Jacksons’ and All Their Infuriating Complexity

Maybe it’s more fun to idolize or demonize public figures than to have more complex, mixed feelings about them.


Monday, August 10 2009

TIE Fighter: A Post 9/11 Parable

As the only Star Wars game that has you serving under the Empire without remorse, TIE Fighter lets you experience being a servant to a massive government just after a terrorist attack.


Monday, August 3 2009

De-synchronized Swimming

In an era of US history marked by unprecedented strides in racial equality, suburban swimming pools seem to maintain time-warpish levels of racism.


Monday, July 27 2009

You Can Be Queen for a Day

What are all of us honest-to-goodness, queer-to-the-core homosexuals to make of these wannabes?


Thursday, July 23 2009

Hipster Hatred Knows No Bounds

Our new columnist and satirist Michael Brett, an 'old', curmudgeonly rock guy, recalls when he first noticed the proto-hipster. It was the Weezer show at the Aragon in 1994


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