Wednesday, January 23 2013
There’s a fine line between showing violence and fetishizing it. Have we crossed it?
Monday, January 21 2013
The biggest difference between the Black Chicago Renaissance and the Harlem Renaissance is brand awareness. The fact is, from roughly the early ‘30s to the ‘50s, Chicago was black America’s most fruitful cultural capitol.
Thursday, January 10 2013
Fiction lets us to explore our weirdest speculations and darkest fears about the person who sits in the White House. Is reality, under America's current president, worse than fiction?
Monday, January 7 2013
The end of the year is a time for festivities, joy... and naysayers to lament the end of cultural artifacts. The naysayers needn't fear. The world hasn't ended, again. It's just different, now.
Sunday, January 6 2013
Our culture is on a deathtrip. Do we secretly wish for the end of the world?
Thursday, December 20 2012
More than 100 “hobbits” journeying from a half dozen countries to celebrate the world premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in the Middle of Middle-earth (aka Wellington, New Zealand). They developed a unique fan fellowship—and along the way, met Peter Jackson.
Thursday, December 13 2012
Do we need to teach kids about LGBT people in our schools? Well, it's only normal that kids will have questions about such things, especially when Uncle Dan suddenly insists on being called Aunt Dana and is borrowing earrings from Mommy.
Tuesday, December 4 2012
The recent news of the reconciliation between pop stars Chris Brown and Rihanna highlights how upsetting it is that no lessons were learned from that fateful night in 2009.
Monday, November 19 2012
The buzz word from the 2012 presidential election is "diversity". It's a good story. The look of the Obama crowd had both the structure and randomness of a Jackson Pollock painting. It was the ol' melting pot writ large.
Sunday, November 18 2012
An overrated meal. Awkwardly catching up with family members. Black Friday. A boring and ugly color scheme. Thanksgiving is just the worst.
Democrats have returned the term 'Liberal' to the political lexicon. Long live the 'L'.
Thursday, November 15 2012
In the works of many New Wave auteurs, a sense of alienation often leads to disillusionment. Unlike the pessimism of many of her contemporaries, Agnes Varda views alienation as a quest for identity, one that offers hope and freedom, no matter the uncertainties.
Wednesday, November 7 2012
Among the things that members of the LGBT community should be most grateful for are those straights who have joined in the fight to ensure our equality and recognition under the law, from Avan Jogia to Zach Wahls.
Tuesday, October 16 2012
I was expecting Frederick Wiseman's cinema verite masterpiece for this column. Imagine my surprise when I was served up John Stalberg Jr.'s sophomoric High School, instead.
Sunday, October 14 2012
Political humor brings a lot of joy and laughter into our often humdrum lives, but is our national laugh fest a good thing for the nation at large?
Wednesday, October 10 2012
Salon editor Joan Walsh’s half-brilliant and half-confused memoir / manifesto posits that many white Americans have historically taken out their frustration over declining opportunities on minorities … and Democrats.
Monday, September 24 2012
There are those who hate art, hate youth, and hate the poor. As the Occupy movement marks its one year anniversary, its protests have highlighted how a global recession is being used by to beat the creative dreams out of a betrayed generation.
Call it “hope and change”, call it pride, call it any number of things, but the feeling boils down to this: I’m rooting for President Obama.
Tuesday, August 14 2012
The toilet, and its spirit ally, potty humor, has come to be associated with a kind of strength—both at the box office and in terms of a cultural defiance.
Monday, July 30 2012
I once heard someone say that losing a same-sex partner wasn't the same as losing a marital partner, because there weren't the bonds of marriage tying the two together.