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It’s Time to Hear the Truth After Growing Up Spidey

"Spider-Man No More", like other superhero stories of loss, are so universally true, so much about loss, responsibility, and guilt.

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Steve Coleman’s Analogies in Various Places

The music constantly shifts and moves in Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance's Synovial Joints, flexing one set of instruments against another in a creative tension.

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18 Jun 2015 // 2:15 AM

Power and Disability in ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’

More needs to be said about Furiosa as not only a powerful female character, but a powerful, disabled female character.

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Before Charlie Hebdo: The Cartoon Wars

Why is it that cartoons, more than any other expressive form, have incited the wrath of religious backlash?

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17 Jun 2015 // 2:02 AM

Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot, and Reverse Modernism

Agatha Christie's legendary detective Hercule Poirot is an example of a character responding defiantly and positively to the pressures of literary modernism.

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Full Possession of All Their Powers: A Chat with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin wanted to record an album that sounded nothing like their early stuff. Of course, the label loved it 'cos it sounded like their early stuff.

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16 Jun 2015 // 2:00 AM

Banished to Oz: The Vanishing Ladies of ‘Supernatural’

The female characters of Supernatural shouldn't always have to be sacrificed to develop the plots of their male costars.

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Barney Frank Is the Neville Longbottom of US Politics

Barney Frank is a self-deprecator, a self-doubter, a teller of bad jokes, and a wearer of ill-fitting suits, but his talent for economics is rather like Longbottom’s talent for herbology.

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Can I Say That? Stand-Up Comedy in the Age of Political Correctness

For all the alarmist propaganda about political correctness in the US, insensitive speech is still protected by the First Amendment. The complaints about PC are BS.

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High Fidelity: Jay Gonzalez and the Crowdsourcing Renaissance

Jay Gonzalez may be one of the more familiar faces of the Drive-By Truckers, but with a expansive new EP, he reflects on the sheer delight of crowdsourcing as a musician.

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Will the ‘Supergirl’, ‘Lucifer’ and  ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ Shows Be Transmedia or Tranq-Media?

Our expectations around for these upcoming TV shows get to the very heart of transmedia as a phenomenon.

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12 Jun 2015 // 8:21 AM

Forever Mr. Flay: A Forgotten Role of Christopher Lee

Sir Christopher Lee was particularly known for his roles as Count Dracula, Saruman, and Count Dooku – but his acting range extended far beyond the role of the arch-criminal.

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Look at You, You Big Silly, Says ‘Assassin’s Creed 3’

Assassin's Creed 3 is an enormous, beautifully rendered sandbox game designed to kick sand in your face.

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Dashboard Confessional’s Chris Carrabba Has Nothing to Be Sad About

Taylor Swift made her best friend's dream come true by bringing Chris Carrabba to her surprise party, but in touring this summer, Dashboard's main driver has even bigger things in store.

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The Many Faces of Love in ‘The Names’

Our three-part series looking at Peter Milligan and Leandro Fernandez's The Names draws to a close with a love note of sorts.

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Poverty Prepares You to Survive the Worst - Even the Zombies of ‘The Walking Dead’

The ways in which poverty shapes the psyche of The Walking Dead's Daryl Dixon are very rarely seen in the current television landscape.

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Keeping the Acclaim: The Legacy of Coheed and Cambria’s ‘Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV’

A decade after its release, Coheed and Cambria's third full-length album remains the group's highest benchmark, as well as one of the genre's best modern albums.

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Go! Fight! Win! Ash and the Art of Creative Resurrection

Ash were a great band that worse themselves down after releasing a new song every two weeks for a year. Tim Wheeler tells us how he got his groove back.

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SCOTUS Is On the Verge of a “Defeat for Humanity”, Thank Goodness

Lessons from Europe and history help show the impact of a United States Supreme Court ruling allowing gay marriage.

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‘New Life and New Civilizations’: The ‘Star Trek’ Saga in Comics

This is a deep and intelligent look at the various incarnations of Star Trek on the gridded page -- and not just from super fans and convention-goers.

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