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Monday, December 8 2008

CMAs and the End of Genre or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Kid Rock

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

Fresh Squeeze with Pulp

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

Future Primitive: Kimbo Slice’s Cruelest Cut

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

One Last Legacy for Bush

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.


Tuesday, November 11 2008

My Name is URL

Welcome to the latest strain of cultural insanity: people changing their given names to slogans, political ads, and website URLs.


Monday, November 10 2008

You’re Gonna Get a Lot More Girl Talk

Even though the presidential and vice-presidential candidates didn't win the posts they were gunning for, Americans have a lot of women winners, this election.


Thursday, November 6 2008

Keith Haring: Warhol, Jr.

The Universe of Keith Haring digs under the artist's pop veneer and goes all the way to the surface, finding some kind of meaning in simplicity.


Monday, November 3 2008

The Limits of Celebrity

Even Oscar-winning worldwide superstars such as Jennifer Hudson aren’t immune from sh*t jumping off in the ‘hood, where jobs disappeared long ago, and warzones are populated by local gangs -- not Al-Qaeda wannabes.


Thursday, October 30 2008

Robot Roll Call: Mystery Science Theater 3000

The 20th anniversary DVD release of Mystery Science Theater 3000 is less a greatest-hits package than a reminder of simple joys, like mocking lousy movies.


Wednesday, September 24 2008

Retelling the History of Black Music: Bert Williams, Godfather of the Black Stage & Studio

Bert Williams in blackface started a conversation about representing blackness within a mainstream context that has continued through virtually every crossover moment in black American life.


Monday, August 11 2008

Dragging the Old Nag to the Racetrack, Again

Once again, gay rights have been thrust into the center of a political campaign. Will it be a winning strategy again?


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