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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


Monday, July 20 2009

In the Wrestling Ring with Ric Flair, Where ‘Evil is the Natural Climate’

Ric Flair epitomizes Roland Barthes' 'perfect bastard', adopting a cowardly and devious state of jerkdom, elevating his coarse existence into some quasi-mythological state of being.


Wednesday, July 15 2009

15 Second Theater Presents…

PopShots introduces 15 Second Theater -- radically distilled dramatic readings designed to accommodate the contemporary attention span.


Sunday, July 12 2009

Catalogs: Disposable but Indispensable

Practically its own highly succinct form of literature, I’ll take a good catalog over a bad magazine any day.


Tuesday, July 7 2009

The Curse of Monkey-Eared People

Nothing like a new iPhone to make one feel self-conscious about one’s ears.


Monday, July 6 2009

Expire, Please. Go Kaput. Die, Already.

It’s not a film, it’s a movie. It’s not a vinyl, it’s a record – and other trendy things that need to go forever bye-bye.


Sunday, June 14 2009

Surfing Alone: Is Digital Technology Destroying Relationships?

On the Internet, we must continually ask ourselves what we are doing, to borrow Twitter's slogan, which sounds at turns like a taunt, a greeting, and an admonishment from God.


Thursday, June 4 2009

Stonewall: 40 Years Hence

America's first gay Vice-President lived for 15 years with America's first gay President – and more from this Gay Pride Month's Public Service Announcement.


Sunday, May 31 2009

I’m in UR Culture, Rewriting UR Bible…

The outrageous and mysterious popularity of LOLCats has provided an updated take on the personification of cats, as well as a bizarre new translation of the Bible.


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.


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Authenticity Issues and the New Intimacies

// Marginal Utility

"The social-media companies have largely succeeded in persuading users of their platforms' neutrality. What we fail to see is that these new identities are no less contingent and dictated to us then the ones circumscribed by tradition; only now the constraints are imposed by for-profit companies in explicit service of gain.

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