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As ref, I began to pass my time on the court by rating the insults hurled in my direction. The predictable epithets earned one star. Some of the more unique combinations of verbs, idioms, and profanity, however, would earn higher marks.

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Funny Enough: An Interview with Tony Martin

Memoirist and comedian Tony Martin talks about commercial radio dumbasses and explains just what it is that makes Running with Scissors so darned unbelievable.

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‘Shutter Island’: The Fragile Intersection Between Sanity and Insanity

Shutter Island concerns the surrender of one’s own subjective memory and identity to another individual or institution. In order to make that choice -- to become a passive player in someone else’s version of reality -- must one be sane or insane?

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What’s the Write Word? Part 4: Ned Raggett to Bill Wyman

Over a 100 music scribes are confronted with this not-so-simple question: "If an eager young writer cornered you and asked 'What's the best advice you could give me?' what would you have to say?" The final installment of our advice to aspiring music writers from music writing professionals.

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Don’t Call Her a Gypsy: The Grace Potter Interview

Known for her dynamic concerts with her band the Nocturnals, Grace Potter is reinventing the blues-rock hybrid by letting other influences bleed into her energetic music.

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Freeze Frame: How Best to Capture Film in a Comic Book?

For both writers and artists working on adaptations of movies and TV shows, the challenge is to find a working space wherein one's own sensibilities can be effectively meshed with the look and feel of the original text and into a book that works for readers.

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New Theories of Everything Prompted by Guided by Voices Appreciation Night, or, Good News

Tonight I will go belly-up in some kind of mental cloud, a meandering consideration of what tribute shows are really about, and why Guided by Voices deserves one, and what they were really about -- and that will lead to thoughts about prophecy and nihilism and Ralph Waldo Emerson and postmodernism.

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Viewing the World at the Level of the Snail’s Lowly Trail

"... I have crawled most of the way through life. I have crawled downward into holes without a bottom, and upward, wedged into crevices where the wind and the birds scream at you until the sound of a falling pebble is enough to make the sick heart lurch."

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Ending the Exceptional: Convention Defiance in Dennis Hopper’s ‘Easy Rider’

Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider not only defied cinematic and social conventions upon its release in 1969, but also the very idea of American exceptionalism.

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Cloud Computing: Seeding for the Coming Storm

We’re being led to believe that nearly everything would be better with the cloud in control of all our data. What could go wrong with a world in which we don’t own anything, anymore?

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Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century

The future was revealed by a ‘radiant’ woman ‘in flowing, graceful robes’, who explained that in a hundred years’ time, no one would be tramping the streets without a home, or be unemployed. By then the world’s labour would be shared equally, so that each individual only worked five hours a day.

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Amon Tobin Part 1: A Cool Trip-Hop, Drum & Bass Cat

Amon Tobin has sought -- and succeeded -- to unite the two dichotomous sides of electronic music: to satisfy both the dancing feet and the theoretical minds of audiences worldwide.

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Infinite Gesturing?: James Wood Takes on David Foster Wallace

“Reading Wallace,” says literary critic James Wood, “is like playing a reed instrument. When do you take a breath?”

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“Colors Doesn’t Always Mean It’s Beautiful”: An Interview with Sliimy

Openly gay, championed by Perez Hilton, and creator of one of the most dramatic Britney Spears' cover songs in recent memory, the shyest French pop star out there today is ready to open up his universe to you, and talks all about it to PopMatters ...

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May This Summer Be Your Best Summer of Bad

Thus begins a few months of eschewing good taste and judgment, and finding some time to behave badly. If you’re so inclined to join me, follow these tips for a successful sunny season…

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It’s Not Easy Being Green: Swamp Thing, Ecology and the (Sometimes Slimy) Nature of Being

New Swamp Thing scribe, Alan Moore evolved the character in the early 1980s by introducing stories around the frailty of human consciousness into a book which until then examined human/plant interaction.

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The Last Gasp of the Great American Songbook: Reassessing the Brill Building Era

Only when the extent of the shared tradition between Tin Pan Alley and the Brill Building is brought to light will uniquely American musical triumphs such as “Be My Baby” and “There Goes My Baby” sit logically in their rightful place in the Great American Songbook.

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Nikki Yanofsky: Forever Young

The 16-year-old Canadian singer Nikki Yanofsky is taking the jazz world by storm. She wants to be more than just a phenom or a jazz singer. Has she got what it takes?

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What’s the Write Word? Part 3: Greg Kot to Ann Powers

Over a 100 music scribes are confronted with this not-so-simple question: "If an eager young writer cornered you and asked 'What's the best advice you could give me?' what would you have to say?" Part three of our advice to aspiring music writers from music writing professionals.

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‘Easy Rider’: Dennis Hopper Explains America

Anticipating everything from the Kent State killings to the Branch Davidian siege, Easy Rider distills just how deeply freedom and authority are fundamentally antagonists in America. Sadly, especially in America.

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How a Song By Unknown Newcomer Adam Johnston Ended Up on Blondie's New Album

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"Adam Johnston of An Unkindness wrote a song at 17 years old and posted it online. Two years later, magic happened.

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