Monday, February 16 2009
How a young 'half-breed' is reviving a very old, traditional, insular, often ridiculed form of Japanese music.
Monday, February 9 2009
The mark of true genius is the effortless creation of something wholly new that, once seen, becomes self-evident.
Sunday, February 8 2009
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?
Are CNN journalists writing news headlines these days, or t-shirt slogans?
Wednesday, February 4 2009
Information has never been easier to come by, yet it's never been harder to turn information into knowledge.
Tuesday, February 3 2009
This year's globalFEST was punctuated by performances from Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, La Troba Kung-Fu, Kailash Kher, Watcha Clan, and others -- a brave journey through the world of sounds, guided by open minds and big hearts.
Sunday, February 1 2009
Hank Williams' recordings for WSM's Mother's Best Flour radio show challenge the modern listener's idea that country music reserves Jesus for Sunday morning.
Thursday, January 29 2009
The success or failure of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema hinges greatly on what one thinks of Slavoj Zizek's free-range associations on desire, blood, human waste, castration, and social control in films.
Tuesday, January 20 2009
The personal life of 20th century America's Mother of Modern Social Work provides us with lessons during our 21st century debate on GLBT rights.
Monday, January 19 2009
Three world-music documentaries deserving of your attention detail the unity of Islam through music, the convergence of South Asian folk with modern technologies, and the plight of Saharan desert dwellers.
Thursday, January 8 2009
Americans can't afford to spend like they used to, but is frugal living ever really going to become trendy?
Monday, January 5 2009
By manipulating mankind’s fear of death, organized religion clearly emerges as the most ruthless and totalitarian authority institution in the history of the world.
Facebook is like having a dozen rolling high school reunions simultaneously, plus grade school, and college, and every summer camp you ever attended.
Thursday, December 18 2008
Faces of Sunset Boulevard is, without a doubt, one of the strongest statements about man’s dark fate in the West ever committed to paper in the author and photographer’s chosen form.
Sunday, December 14 2008
The victory of Proposition 8 could be the best thing to happen to the LGBT community in a long time, but only if we pay attention to its lessons.
Wednesday, December 10 2008
The so-called “crazy cat lady” seems to be one of few sexist stereotypes that remains alive, well, and somehow immune to politically-correct backlash.
Monday, December 8 2008
This year's CMA winners point to a future where the only thing necessary to be classified as country is a desire to join in and sing.
Sunday, November 23 2008
The dimestore novels of the '50s and '60s helped foster the gay rights movement. And many of them aroused their readers while inspiring them.
Wednesday, November 19 2008
Slice, whose fortunes were at once torn asunder and radically refigured by a hurricane, constitutes a perfect storm of racial stereotypes himself.
Tuesday, November 18 2008
With George W. Bush eager for a way to salvage his legacy, perhaps we can throw him a bone in the name of Homeland Security.