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SXSW 2010: But Can It Be Monetized?

After five days of sun, beer, panel discussions and performances from sun up 'til sun up, what have we learned? Brand yourself, exploit social media, and make some music once in a while.

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The Cure for the Sleepless Nights Blues

Something had to knock this sleepless child out and put her in a blissful somnambulistic state. That something turned out to be the raucous guitar musings of Texas-born blues guitarist Johnny Winter.

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Beyond Barthes: Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker, Wrestlemania XXV

If any wrestling match has crossed over to the emotional realm, it's the epic bout between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, but is it enough to bring sensitivity to professional wrestling?

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Oh Captain, My Captain America

Even though he's no Batman or Spider-Man, the buzz over who will play Captain America reached a fever pitch because he's the embodiment of the American flag and stands for the ideals of the United States.

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Sublimated Rage, Sex and the History of Cinema: An Interview with Chloe Director Atom Egoyan

Toronto-based Egoyan fuses Melodrama with the Psychological Thriller and meticulously constructs a classic star vehicle for one of the finest working American actresses, Julianne Moore.

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Beneath the Great Wave: Azzarello and Morales Return to the Roots of Comics

Azzarello and Morales tap the roots of modern popular culture to offer a highly stylized view of the birth of comic books.

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Wake the Dead or No One Will Listen: Skid Row’s Subhuman Race

In 1995, Skid Row fell back on the only choice that remains for a metal band with no place in the mainstream culture: they made the heaviest damn album in the world.

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You Couldn’t Ignore Me If You Tried, by Susannah Gora

This book is part cultural analysis of ‘80s youth films, part trivia, and whole bunch walk down memory lane.

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22 Mar 2010 // 9:00 PM

December Boys: On Life and Alex Chilton

Alex Chilton spent his musical life testing the limits of his enormous gifts and the patience of his devoted fans. He was a conflicted artist, equally talented and mistrusting of his talents. Music came easily, so he made it harder.

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Georges Melies: The Most Important Filmmaker You’ve (Probably) Never Seen

It’s tempting to say that without Melies, there would be no Avatar, no vampire movies, no Star Wars or Star Trek, no special-effects extravaganzas, no docu-drama like Erin Brockovich, no animation, no Walt Disney, and no porn.

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Come Back to the 9-5, Dave Chappelle, Dave Chappelle

If Dave Chapelle came back, spring would come earlier, melodies would sound sweeter, the polar ice caps would stop melting, and maybe we might all understand and treat each other just a bit better.

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Loneliness Is a Cool iPod… Happiness Is a Warm Album Cover

The communal nature of MP3 filesharing is often idealized to the point where the discourse surrounding it masks what are ultimately fractured connections between musicians and their listeners.

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20 Questions: Walter Mosley

Walter Mosley, author of more than 29 critically acclaimed books, presents his latest in the Leonid McGill series, Known to Evil (releasing 23 March).

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Six Years in the Life of Post-Blackness (Or Not)

If the 'black' in 'post-black' means “the last 40 years or so”, black folks are clearly moving beyond that; but to the extent that 'black' means “having to deal with the same-old same-old when it comes to racial attitudes,” then we ain’t post-nuthin’.

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“I’m in Love with That Song”: Remembering Alex Chilton

It's impossible with Chilton's music to not become personally engulfed; it's impossible to not feel an impenetrable attachment to it. The quintessential outsider, his music spoke to generations of fans who encapsulate those wrangled emotions.

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Anything Goes: A Biography of the Roaring Twenties

The glitter of 1920s America is seductive: jazz, flappers, wild parties, the cult of celebrity, and a glamorous gangster-led crime scene flourishing under Prohibition…

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The Naked Truth of a Nude Art Exhibit

I was rather self-conscious while crossing the threshold, despite it being the two women in the doorway who weren’t clothed. I felt I was naked at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

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17 Mar 2010 // 10:00 PM

Born This Way

Imagine inhabiting a body that was completely contradictory to what your mind said was right for you. How far would you go to make your body reflect who you really are?

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The Oscars: The Super Bowl of Egotism

Maybe we watch the Oscars because they remind us of our own high school days. Popularity and past work far outweigh the quality of work represented by the nomination.

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Bees and Things and Milk and Honey: An Interview with Goapele

In concert, at the Zoo, or on her latest soulful single, Goapele's game is on.

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'Fire Emblem Heroes' Is a Bad Crossover

// Moving Pixels

"Fire Emblem Heroes desperately and shamelessly wants to monetize our love for these characters, yet it has no idea why we came to love them in the first place.

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