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Star Trek’s George Takei’s Influence on an LA City Council Election

Can animated, "idealized" versions of political figures sway the average voter?

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Over the Moon: An Interview With ‘Operation Avalanche’ Matt Johnson and Matt Miller

Johnson and Miller talk about the long hours and dodged bullets behind the making of Operation Avalanche, a film that's "like The Dirties on acid."

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A Melancholic Way of Knowing

Melancholy, in its deepest truth, is not bereft of hope but rather relies upon it.

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Is Any Musical Artist Worth a $1 Million Performance Fee?

Before you rush to judge Rihanna's appearance at Sziget this year, consider how essential the model has become.

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The Mexican Journey That Made One of the 20th Century’s Finest Writers

Sybille Bedford's account of her remarkable year in Mexico is the perfect introduction to one of the 20th century's most remarkable writers.

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Lost (and Found) in Space: United Sounds of Joy Transmit From Another Universe

If beauty and horror were two parallaxes in the vast expanse of the galaxy, somewhere between those points you might hear these songs.

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The Continuing Voyages: ‘Star Trek’ Reboot Fandom and ‘Prime Universe’ Canon

Just as there's no beginning or ending to works of the imagination, the possibilities of story cannot be exhausted.

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Opeth’s Fake Nikki Sixx: An Interview with Mikael Akerfeldt

Opeth frontman Mikael Akerfeldt opens up about Opeth's 25 year career, the band's new album Sorceress, and his desire to score a Meryl Streep film one day.

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Racializing Rock: The ‘60s and the White Sounds of ‘Pet Sounds’

Pet Sounds is not a racist text, but its impact was racist because it further encoded rock as a white genre, perpetuating the institutionalized prejudice that relegated African Americans to the margins of rock.

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A Queer Alliance: Dame Margaret Rutherford and Dawn Langley Simmons

Rutherford, an actor famous for playing spinsters and quirky aunts. Simmons, an author infamous for changing sex and marrying outside her race.

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To Seek Out New Star Trek Fans and Form New Star Trek Civilizations

As the most well-studied fandom, Star Trek fans have shaped the way that seminal concepts in fan studies have emerged.

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Mourning in America: Remembering ‘Twin Peaks’

Frustrating expectations was part of Twin Peaks modus operandi.

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Wandering Still: An Interview With the Album Leaf

It's been six long years since Jimmy LaValle's last full-length as the Album Leaf, but as Between Waves proves, the wait was worth it.

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Film Forum Marx Brothers Festival: Unassuaged Desire

The Marx Brothers are polymorphously perverse: they find pleasure everywhere.

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Lucy Dacus’ Rising Star Shines Bright

The singer-songwriter's debut record No Burden is getting a second wind on Matador Records, having figured out the recording/performing process from scratch.

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Make It Quick: The Art of the One-liner

Some may dismiss the one-liner as an easy gag, but a good one requires real skill. Luckily, there are comedians out there who have mastered the art.

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On Very Visceral Mysteries: ‘The Woman in Cabin 10’

Much of what happens to the protagonists here and in the comparable The Girl on the Train evades their control.

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The Persistence of Vision: The Radical Liberalism of ‘Star Trek’

Star Trek speaks across cultures, emphasising tolerance, equality, freedom and fraternity; in doing so, it has never been more necessary.

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Making a Sene: The Rise of Brian Marc

Brian Marc, AKA Sene, manages a minimal but heavy discipline of turntablist groove; his dream-washed music appropriates the rhythms of a casual stroll through city streets.

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Wilder in the Heart: An Interview With Butch Walker

He's a Top 40 pop producer by day, '80s rock solo kingpin by night. Butch Walker's back with charm (and stories) to spare.

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