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Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places

Sociologist Sharon Zukin looks at the forces at play in some of the cooler neighborhoods of New York in this update of Jane Jacobs and the principles of urban revitalization for the 21st century.

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Labelle: Nightbirds / Phoenix / Chameleon

Before George Clinton and his P-Funk tribe disembarked from the Mothership, Labelle was already flying a few stratospheres above the popular music landscape.

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Does Late Night Still Matter? Jay V. Conan and the Death of Network Television

The Rockist celebrates the demise of The Jay Leno Show. The Rockist shakes his head at the return of The Jay Leno Show.

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A Pioneer’s Spread Legacy: An Interview with the Hidden Cameras

Upon the release of their latest pop tour de force, Origin: Orphan, PopMatters sits down with Hidden Cameras frontman Joel Gibb to discuss everything from the clubbing of seals in Canada to the inspiration of Franz Schubert.

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I Believe in the Good of Indiepop: An Interview with the Hidden Cameras

PopMatters sits down with Joel Gibb -- leader of the indie-pop consortium the Hidden Cameras -- to discuss everything from socialized medicine to Stereolab.

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24 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

A Common Pornography

As in any existence, there are themes that become fully apparent only in retrospect; in Sampsell’s case, as with most of us, these overwhelming but at first hard-to-discern influences are embodied in family.

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Ghost Hunters: Paranormal Pop Culture for Normal People

Amongst the familiar mythologies in all of reality television, Ghost Hunters ranks in the top 10. Love the show or loathe it, it is popular culture and has earned a spot in the reality TV pantheon.

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Rocky Votolato: Coming Out of the Darkness

Rocky Votolato has struggled with depression all his life. With True Devotion he found a way to recognize his problems and work out his demons. PopMatters talked to him about his difficult journey and the album that came out of it.

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Lone Wolf and Cub Part 3: Artwork and Swordplay

The third installment of Shawn O'Rourke's series on Lone Wolf and Cub. This feature examines the way Goseki Kojima brilliantly uses different artistic devices to draw the reader into the story.

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23 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Übermensch and Übermonk

Adrian Monk is slave to his obsessions, but he’s the master of his self. He's possibly even the master of the future of humanity.

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Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura

Conspiracy Theory presents a world divided into elites and Joe Sixpacks, where the hidden masters of the universe plot against you and me.

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We Kept Ourselves to Ourselves: An Interview with Glasvegas

Proud of their Scottish working-class heritage, acclaimed fuzz-rockers Glasvegas contemplate recording a new album in Los Angeles, taking rock star lessons from Noel Gallagher, and throwing Beethoven into their music just because they can.

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Chéri: Out of the Boudoir

Frears and Hampton puts the viewer into Chéri in a very real and sensual manner, paying homage to Collette's luxuriant corporeal details.

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Return to Piano Island: The Blood Brothers, Revisited

Emerging from the West Coast punk scene in the late '90s, the Blood Brothers helped redefine hardcore before abandoning the genre in favor of a damaged brand of art pop all their own.

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Howard Zinn: The Dying of a Light

A tribute to the signature interwar polymath: the historian, activist, dramatist, dockyard worker and teacher Howard Zinn.

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20 Questions: Superjail!: Christy Karacas and Steve Warbrick

Superjail! creators Christy Karacas (Cartoon Sushi), and Stephen Warbrick (Beavis and Butthead, Celebrity Deathmatch) were turned loose, briefly, to answer our 20 Questions.

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‘Chuck’  Versus ‘Gossip Girl’

Gossip Girl and Chuck, both created in the wake of the demise of The O.C., bear a sharp resemblance to The O.C., despite paradoxically bearing little resemblance to one another. Chuck embodies the geekier parts of The O.C, while Gossip Girl evokes its internecine social battles.

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Small Towns: Life in a Low Tech Web

To live in a small town is to be connected, and not electronically or digitally. Rather, it means to be connected to people in the flesh, to actual places, to land and buildings, to a common past.

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The Digital Surplus and Its Enemies

While we are building identity in social networks, our online behavior generates a plenitude of information, meanings and content that constitutes a "cognitive surplus" generated by the "hive mind".

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18 Feb 2010 // 8:59 PM

I Love You, Buddy Man

If the gift industry can create Valentine's Day, why can't the Rockist found Buddy Day? Prepare yourself for a weekend of 'Buddy Movies' and brotherhood.

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Learning the Barbarian in 'Conan Exiles'

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"There's no one better than a barbarian to teach you how to become civilized.

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