Call for Book Reviewers and Bloggers

Columns > Culture

Thursday, May 28 2009

Depression 2.0: Sunday in Kerouac Alley

Scott Thorson rang, flat broke and disabled, in chronic, horrendous pain from a botched murder attempt and an even more botched plastic surgery, hoping that I would serve as his conduit for another lucrative laundry airing.


Wednesday, May 27 2009

King’s Quest VI

Sixteen years after its release, King's Quest VI it is still one of the high water marks of the adventure game genre.


Monday, May 11 2009

“I Thee Wed”

Weddings performed by a justice of the peace, a ship's captain, or an Elvis impersonator don't fit into the historical, traditional view of marriage, performed in and sanctioned by the church – but they’re legal.


Wednesday, May 6 2009

A Lament on the Deafening Silence of iPods

I miss your impulse to play your music LOUD, to draw me in, to irritate and offend me – and I miss my impulse to do the same to you.


Monday, May 4 2009

The Geeks Have Inherited the Earth -– and They Rule It

Geek humor is rooted in a commanding pop cultural and scientific literacy and deployed with a sense of casual authority which one ... must ... obey.


Sunday, May 3 2009

Fighting the Flu

The mobilization of the military to control the spread of the current outbreak of a rare strain of the swine flu in Mexico City is right out of Stephen King’s The Stand.


Wednesday, April 22 2009

The Ghost and the Machine

Things don’t just go bump in the night anymore – they emit high-frequency audio evidence, are recorded and saved in .WAV format, and bore us (rather than scare us) to death.


Monday, April 20 2009

The Special Bus

Esotouric offers the connoisseur of crime a selection of tours round the infamous hot-spots of L.A’s darkest neighborhoods.


Wednesday, April 15 2009

Is Your Child Safe?

If opponents of gay rights are serious about stopping child molestation, they shouldn't look inside the gay community. They should look inside the house next door.


Sunday, March 22 2009

Oxymorons: Gay Nazi, Gay Aryan, Gay Supremacist

History reveals that homosexuals have long been a part of the Nazi party and were major players in its formation. Hitler's relationships with gay men offer profound lessons for today's gay community.


Wednesday, March 11 2009

Facebook Children of a Lesser Cause

Valid fundraising on Facebook could help legitimize the site (if it’s not too late) -- but who thinks heavy metal, beer, and Paris Hilton qualify as legitimate causes?


Wednesday, March 4 2009

Half Life 2:  Giant Ants, Head Crabs and Barnacle Creatures

The world of Half-Life 2 depicts the aliens, most of them still unintelligent, overtaking our planet and destroying the norms of civilization.


Monday, March 2 2009

Quote-Unquote: Excerpts from Upcoming Oral Histories

The use of unfiltered direct quotes gives a veneer of authenticity, and the writer doesn’t have to do much actual writing.


Thursday, February 26 2009

Herb Kent: Another Reason Why Black History Month is Still Relevant

Throughout the late ‘50s and ‘60s, every city with a significant black population turned to a black-formatted radio station for the hottest sounds and pulse of the street.


Sunday, February 22 2009

Les Claypool: Where Fish Congregate

Quite simply, like the sturgeon itself, Claypool is the Maestro of the Bottom.


Tuesday, February 17 2009

By One’s Own Hand, Then

On the one hand society at large relies on moral and theological arguments to ban suicide; on the other our world is plagued with destructive wars and suicidal conflicts.


Monday, February 16 2009

Jero: Oh Yes, He Can

How a young 'half-breed' is reviving a very old, traditional, insular, often ridiculed form of Japanese music.


Monday, February 9 2009

Genius Persona(lities)

The mark of true genius is the effortless creation of something wholly new that, once seen, becomes self-evident.


Sunday, February 8 2009

Working in the Coal Mine and Singing About It, Too

The majority of us aren't coal miners, we don't know coal miners, and we wouldn't last a week in a coal mine. Are coal mining songs, then, still relevant?


Shirt Happens

Are CNN journalists writing news headlines these days, or t-shirt slogans?


Now on PopMatters
PM Picks
Announcements
Win a 15-CD Pack of Brazilian Music CDs from Six Degrees Records! in PopMatters Contests on LockerDome

© 1999-2014 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks
of PopMatters Media, Inc.

PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.