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Six Little Horror Games That Would Like to Play With You This Halloween
Here are a few little games to put you in the spirit of the spooky season. How you will come out of the other side is up to you. [30.Oct.14]
Fear, Inc.: Beyond the Shadows of the American Haunt Industry
Haunted houses. Extreme haunts. Big scares. Big money. Maybe even big health benefits (when used with caution, of course). Step inside, if you dare. [30.Oct.14]
I'm Rick James' Bio, Bitch!
The majority of Glow is a blow-by-blow account of the drugs he took and the women he bedded. James either had a great memory, or he took remarkable notes. [27.Oct.14]
The Commandments of Lenny Bruce
Lenny Bruce made the stage his pulpit, the audience his parishioners, and stand-up the sermons for his alternative secular faith. [24.Oct.14]
Jazz May Be Reeling in Terms of Record Sales, But It's Thriving As an Art Form
What if today’s jazz is a little bit Bill Frisell and a little bit Ornette Coleman? [23.Oct.14]
Recent Columns
Every few years there's a new batch of funny faces making the rounds on Britain's television panel shows. Here are a few faces worth watching.[22.Oct.14]
The Pineapple Thief mastermind delves into the making of Magnolia, the [un]fair criticisms of fans, and the joys of modern Opeth, among many other topics. [21.Oct.14]
This collection of films is significant in illustrating the development of Mack Sennett's contributions to early film comedy and the lasting effects of Sennett and his troupe. [20.Oct.14]
Goofing around with Garfield on The Garfield Randomiser and Garfield Minus Garfield evokes the poetic Surrealism that arose from Dadism.[17.Oct.14]
Spanish punkers came swinging harder than ever, screaming not for the sake of inducing change, but screaming for the sake of screaming – because now they could.[16.Oct.14]
It’s not that Anna Karina couldn’t act, but that she didn’t have to. Her physical presence was the art, and her beauty, in and of itself, was a significant contribution to the culture.[15.Oct.14]
For Werner Herzog, man’s tug-of-war with nature is not a present imbalance but a lost cause, the barbarous beauty of nature made mere barbarism by humankind. [14.Oct.14]
The trend in alternate reality gaming fits a traditional definition of hyperreality; the condition where fiction and the real become indistinguishably blended together.[13.Oct.14]
If this were a murder mystery, it would be a fine enough catalyst to a long, protracted investigation, complete with red herrings and an arc that would befit Raymond Chandler. [9.Oct.14]
Pollitt’s new book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights is both a call to arms and a call for honest reflection.[8.Oct.14]
Hip-hop appeals to those who feel powerless and disenfranchised, which is why ISIS looks to hip-hop communities as potential recruiting grounds.[7.Oct.14]
While listening to "The Dance and Song of Laos" (1906) a haunting voice, both enticing and archaic, mingles with the crepitating noise of the antique shellac.[6.Oct.14]
Regarding the Ray Rice saga, TMZ not only forced the NFL's hand, it put domestic violence back in the spotlight, where it should be.[2.Oct.14]
The normalcy of reading movement into comics art is what makes Warren Ellis' and Jason Howard's new series, Trees, a curiosity. [1.Oct.14]
To be in the minority is the natural condition of artists. The referendum gave Scotland's creative community a brief respite from its sense of isolation. [30.Sep.14]
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