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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?


Wednesday, February 4 2009

Doomed to Dilettantism

Information has never been easier to come by, yet it's never been harder to turn information into knowledge.


Tuesday, February 3 2009

Across the Universe, for the Sixth Time

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’s Other Side: Religion, Radio, and the Roots of Country Music

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

A Perverted Perception of Movies

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

Welcome, Miss Addams, to Your History

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

Visions of the World

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.


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