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From the Soul to the Hills: The Music of the Caucasus
The music of the Caucasus is powered by national ardour and ritual. All that's needed is an open and willing audience to accept the undisclosed gifts it brings. [21.Aug.14]
In Defense Of ... A Second Season for 'Halt and Catch Fire'
Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron. [20.Aug.14]
Arguable Merits: Young Adult Fiction and Its Rabid Discontents
The YA crowd is full of articulate, well-read, hungry hyenas. They'll rip my lungs out for this. They'll crucify me. They'll leave my corpse in a ditch. [19.Aug.14]
The Sonny Rollins / 'New Yorker' Controversy and Jazz's Image Problem
Why do jazz folks always sound so defensive about the music they love? Why can’t they take a pie in the face from Django Gold? [18.Aug.14]
From Nietzsche to Hegel: Perspectives on Humanity in 'Dark Souls'
By PopMatters Staff
Despite putting on display both the virtues and vices of man, Dark Souls does not make a judgment call about humanity, but rather leaves that up to the player. [14.Aug.14]
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