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Wednesday, August 20 2003

Wimps of America

Although Michael Burdick's $10,000 safaris were fake, the publicity generated by the 'Hunting for Bambi' stories wasn't, and the controversy clearly boosted sales of the company's video.


Wednesday, August 13 2003

The Last Song and Dance Man: Gregory Hines

When Gregory Hines died on 9 August, he left a legacy of artistic accomplishment in the fields of pop music, film, stage, and, of course, 'hoofing.'


Friday, August 8 2003

Hip-Hop’s Holy Trinity

In Eminem (née Marshall Mathers), Andre 'Dr. Dre' Young, found what most music critics deem as hip-hop's great white hope, and together, in 50 Cent, they found the next Biggie and Tupac rolled into one. Their Shady/Aftermath/G-Unit stronghold in the music industry positions them as a certified holy trinity.


Thursday, August 7 2003

He Shot the Boss

'Springsteen was my guinea pig,' Ceccola told me in a 1999 interview. 'He was how I really learned to take a decent picture.'


Monday, August 4 2003

Bottom Feed

Imagining The Jerry Springer Show as the radical vanguard is unspeakably ludicrous. What politics does it address or challenge?


Mocking Pretension: Buddy Ebsen

'People would lay down their money and laugh and you'd see them walk out happy.'


Thursday, July 31 2003

Honest Pop: An Interview with Brady Brock

Outside of the hubbub of Top 40 are the hardworking artists who create what's known as indie pop -- catchy songs with a sincere edge written by masterful storytellers. PopMatters caught up with one of them -- New York-based Brady Brock - to get feel for what inspired his music.


Monday, July 28 2003

Internet Ethics

As our society is increasingly computer-dependent, the number of unethical persons seeking to encroach upon our personal computing life rises as well.


Thursday, July 24 2003

You Gotta Work Your Jelly

The newest video, for 'Crazy in Love,' begins with a hailing by Jay: 'History in the making.' Again, the process of work comes into focus, and again, Beyoncé's body becomes its undeniable emblem.


Thursday, July 17 2003

Rising Son

PULL


Monday, July 14 2003

Business As Usual

While Spike TV's philosophy may seem abrasive to some viewers, its content hardly deviates from standard television fare.


Wednesday, July 9 2003

The First Instinct Is to Go Somewhere Completely Different: Interview with Joey Burns of Calexico

If you're looking for an artistic intersection between cultures that speaks volumes about the liminal experience left to those who cannot find a home within the dominant paradigm, take Arizona's Calexico for a spin.


Into the Wild Blue Yonder: Adventures with the Blue Man Group

The Blue Man Group's greatest talent is for making thrilling visual and sonic mayhem out of the act of banging on things, from their trademark PVC tubes to barrels filled with paint to, well, just big-ass, loud drums. Their second greatest talent is for taking the conventions of the avant-garde and making them work as mass entertainment.


Monday, July 7 2003

Love Unlimited: In Memory of Barry White

From Barry White's heyday in the mid-1970s to his recent reincarnation, courtesy of Ally MacBeal, the deep-voiced one has been the most instantly recognisable and most loved representative of unapologetic aural seduction in the music's history.


Thursday, July 3 2003

Color Me Blind: The Affirmative Action Debate

In truth, literal (if not legal) 'color-blindness' is impossible. Racism might ultimately be conquered, but that will take conscious effort.


The House of the Scorpion and More: Summer Reading List for Ages 8-15

Now, six years later, things are quite different: George W. is our president, Laura Bush is the First Lady, and the Texas Book Festival has morphed into one of the premier literary events in the country.


Tuesday, July 1 2003

Smarts Sold Better Then: Katharine Hepburn

Katharine Hepburn was self-reliant, headstrong, ambitious. She did what she wanted to do regardless of what the men in her life preferred, whether it was babysitting a leopard in Baby or interviewing foreign heads of state in Woman of the Year.


Monday, June 23 2003

Light and Shadows: Conrad Hall

The camera pans to reveal the famous shot of a Christ-like Luke, naked except for shorts, bloated and spread-eagled on a bed of eggshells.


Tuesday, June 17 2003

An Admirable Account of Himself

Gregory Peck was enthralled with the process of becoming someone else, and worked at perfecting it until the very end of his motion picture career.


“It’s customary for the boy to have his father’s watch”: Gregory Peck 1916-2003

Gregory Peck's Oscar-winning turn as Atticus was that powerful; it overwhelmed cinema, literature, reality itself.


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