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The Caging of an American Revolutionary
American Revolutionary wants to offer the appearance of revolution while anesthetizing any deeper understanding of the forces involved. [22.Jul.14]
The Myth of the Global Brown Messiah in Kollywood Cinema
Recent films from the action-masala genre project India as a global sheriff, replacing a toothless West as an expression of muscular nationalism. [21.Jul.14]
The Benefits of Not Really Living: On Let's Plays in Videogaming
With Google looking to buy Twitch, we take a look back into an early form of videogame spectating and what it means in the context of that acquisition. [17.Jul.14]
In Defense Of ... HBO's 'Enlightened'
A couple years after its demise, it's time to look back at how brilliant and confusing Mike White and Laura Dern's series really was. [16.Jul.14]
Smokin' Modernism Is Alive and Well in the Upper West Side
Smoke Sessions Records is doing it old-school: recording the best musicians in New York playing mainstream jazz that cooks. [15.Jul.14]
Recent Columns
Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.[11.Jul.14]
In evaluating what makes a great film score, writers, composers, and listeners must ask themselves if the function of cinematic music limits the form it has to take.[10.Jul.14]
Parenthood comes with a lot of change, and a lot of decisions to be made, including this one: What’s your musical strategy?[9.Jul.14]
Young Adult literature is not just for kids, and it fills an important niche left vacant by much of contemporary "adult" fiction.[8.Jul.14]
Marvel owns characters and its profits come from comics sales, film tickets, lunch boxes, etc. As such, character identification fluctuates easily between media.[7.Jul.14]
A furious mix of hip-hop beats, Arabic primal screams and punk-rock guitars, Taha brilliantly battles against the ideologies of both Western and Arab traditions. [2.Jul.14]
Capital offers a savage critique of capitalism and the banking industry, but it fails to imagine its ability to sustain its inhumane and self-destructive practices. [30.Jun.14]
Sometimes it seems like Rob Brydon is everywhere in the comedy world. And that's a good thing.[27.Jun.14]
By Paul Grosskopf
Within the spaces of darkness or the unknown, Beyond Two Souls asserts that we can exist without being shaped, manipulated, or brutalized by outside forces.[26.Jun.14]
A homophobic doctor, writing in 1914, helped NFL player Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend on TV 100 years later. [25.Jun.14]
The 2014 FIFA World Cup theme song highlights one of the worst trends in a global society: culture boiled down to a sort of triumphant universal human-ness.[24.Jun.14]
The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs. [23.Jun.14]
Some bands echoed the Dead Kennedys' anti-Moral Majority messages; others embodied right-wing religion.[20.Jun.14]
Time (The Revelator) conjures a hazy post-millennial American dream of disappointment and ambition that's disturbed by what it sees and hears.[19.Jun.14]
South African jazz singer Nicky Schrire has made three tremendous records, but she isn't well known. That ought to change.[18.Jun.14]
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