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Incentives Matter: An Interview with Stephen J. Dubner

PopMatters talks with Superfreakonomics coauthor Stephen J. Dubner about collaboration, geoengineering and why some economists don't like his books.

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Orson Welles: A Man of a Certain Ego

“The chief proof of a man’s real greatness lies in his perception of his own smallness. It argues... a power of comparison and of appreciation which is in itself proof of nobility.”

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J.D. Salinger’s Seymour, a Eulogy

Seymour is the presence you are sure you encountered before the door shut and he was gone; in this way, Seymour (not Holden) becomes the emblem for Salinger himself.

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Risk and Equilibrium: The Impact of Greil Marcus

The entirety of Marcus' famous 1970 "What is this shit?" review prefigures the sense of profound, disturbed wonder in the best of Marcus’ criticism.

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4 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Treading New Ground: An Interview with OK Go

OK Go talks about breaking instruments in the studio, rocking out with musical idols, and the surreal sensation of playing glow-in-the-dark guitars rigged with lasers.

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Hollywood’s New Dimension: ‘Avatar’ in 3D

The Rockist visits James Cameron's Pandora in search of stone obelisks but finds only Ewoks.

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The Simpsons, ‘Radio Bart’ Part 1: Floyd Collins and Kathy Fiscus

'Radio Bart' draws on 70 years of media history to position itself in that uneasy mix of altruism, morbid curiosity and callous self-interest.

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“Blissfully Nerdy”: An Interview with Owen Pallett

As Owen Pallett releases his first new full-length in years, Heartland, the maestro himself sits down with PopMatters to talk about his lush new album, what it's like to be a one-man symphony, and how he finally set out to make a record that he can play for anyone, anywhere.

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Life During Wartime: The Cultural Catharsis of Brian Wood’s DMZ

DMZ creator Brian Wood offers a cultural catharsis for our times, one that is enduringly artistic, despite being overtly political.

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Plenty of Bang for the Buck

An economic survey of a decade of concert-going yields an average of positive returns for my dollar. Yeah, Bob Dylan was worth every penny and more.

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2 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Imperial Movements, Round-by-Round

It was not long ago that Filipinos and Puerto Ricans were the gloveless, unprotected, and militarily inferior populations fighting for their lives.

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A Case for Comics in College

My name is (insert name here) and I am a visual learner -- and other reasons why comics is a relevant subject for the college curriculum.

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20 Questions: The 88

After years of being pop music's "best kept secret", the 88 are now breaking out with their theme song to the NBC show Community.

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The Art of Place in Hitman: Blood Money

A game isn’t just its content or game design alone, but rather, the space created when all these pieces come together.

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The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance: An Interview with Vampire Weekend

From championed blogosphere heroes to chart-topping rockers, Vampire Weekend talks about the supposed controversy over the band's sound, their new hit album and more.

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Stop Me If You Think That You’ve Seen This Grammys Before

The Grammys seem like a festering boomer leftover, far removed from the present where major labels live in post-apocalyptic decline.

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1 Feb 2010 // 2:05 AM

The Cult of Kindle and the Myth of Digital Utopia

If I could read more with a Kindle, it stood to reason that I wasn’t reading enough without one. Getting and consuming increasingly MORE information is an end in of itself these days.

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When Over-the-Top Hits the Spot: 2010 Grammy Awards

Overblown set pieces, fiery performances, and category wins that no one saw coming -- yes, this year, the Grammy Awards decided to be interesting.

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31 Jan 2010 // 9:00 PM

The Lives of Others

There's a higher ratio of disposable schlock in the memoir than in other literary genres, but the best memoirs permit access to lives strange, twisted, wasted, brave, and glorious -- lives, in short, other than our own.

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20 Questions: Githead

With a love of Eastwood and Bosch, this supergroup tackles 20 Questions while basking in the warm critical glow that third album Landing has received.

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That Ribbon of Highway: Sharon Jones Re-shapes Woody Guthrie's Song

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"Sharon Jones and Woodie Guthrie knew: great songs belong to everybody.

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