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‘The City’: The Most Seen Documentary

Steiner and Van Dyke have an eye for beauty even in misery, and their compositions make this part of the movie a pleasure to visit, even if we wouldn't want to live there.

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Still So Excited: An Interview with Ruth Pointer

From Continental Baths to Car Wash, from the Grand Ole Opry to the Grammys, the Pointer Sisters have blazed many trails in their 35-year career. In a candid interview, Ruth Pointer reveals the story behind one of the most successful female groups of all time.

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5 Mar 2009 // 8:59 PM

Nam Le: To Write or Not to Write an Ethnic Story

The stories are not about arrivals per se, but rather about approximate ideas of authorial arrival, about notions that an imagination, an author from a specific cultural background has arrived in the imagination of its diverse other(s).

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Half Life 2:  Giant Ants, Head Crabs and Barnacle Creatures

The world of Half-Life 2 depicts the aliens, most of them still unintelligent, overtaking our planet and destroying the norms of civilization.

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4 Mar 2009 // 9:00 PM

Translating Sacred Texts: An Interview with Alina Simone

Alina Simone's interpretive covers of Soviet cult legend Yanka Dyagileva's songs have helped preserve the memory and music of the last Russian punk poet -- and sparked debates about cultural ownership and authenticity.

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Another Kind of Rally: Monster Truckin’ in a New America

While it's simplistic (to the point of comedy) to suggest that monster trucks can heal our national divide, they may play a part in better understanding the chasms that divide us.

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‘This Is Not the Culture I Signed Up For’: Alan Moore and Hollywood

Who will watch the Watchmen? Not their creator, Alan Moore. And while he seems to be alone in his condemnation with the latest adaptation of his work, Moore's steadfast position deserves some real attention.

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There’s Been No Wrong Turns, There’s Just  Been Detours: An Interview with the All-American Rejects

All-American Rejects guitarist Nick Wheeler doesn't care about matching the success of his last album, what other people think of him, or what album covers he lands on. All he cares about is his music.

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Quote-Unquote: Excerpts from Upcoming Oral Histories

The use of unfiltered direct quotes gives a veneer of authenticity, and the writer doesn’t have to do much actual writing.

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“It’s a Gut Feeling About the Music”: An Interview with Mac McCaughan

After founding the influential Merge Records, the inimitable Superchunk, and the prolific solo project known as Portastatic, Mac McCaughan is finally ready to look back at his career, his bands, and those wonderful four-track recordings that he thought he lost 'lo those many years ago.

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John Cassavetes’ Faces: The Authenticity of Discomfort

The camera always gets too close in Cassavetes’ films. These aren’t close-ups; they are invasions of private space.

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“Gone Country” and Hoping to Make It Back Alive

Going to Nashville to become country at this point is a little like going to New York City to become the Velvet Underground.

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1 Mar 2009 // 9:00 PM

Apocalypse Jukebox: Disaster, Revelation and Impossible Salvation

In this excerpt from PopMatters' new book Apocalypse Jukebox, Janssen and Whitelock inform us, “In no small way, rock ‘n’ roll’s early development took place in the shadow of a mushroom cloud.”

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20 Questions: Raul Malo

Grammy winner Raul Malo talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about his aversion to ewoks, a longing for Harlem circa 1930, and the fiercest bird on the planet post-prehistoric times.

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1 Mar 2009 // 8:59 PM

Woolf at the Door

Both Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham's The Hours offer an illuminating look at the choices we make, the roles we play, and the hours that hinge our lives together.

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Herb Kent: Another Reason Why Black History Month is Still Relevant

Throughout the late ‘50s and ‘60s, every city with a significant black population turned to a black-formatted radio station for the hottest sounds and pulse of the street.

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Beautiful Agony: The New Naked

Erotica website Beautiful Agony continues to revolutionize how both men and women approach sex and intimacy by revealing individual facial expressions of real, vulnerable human beings orgasming.

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It Starts with an Earthquake: R.E.M.‘s Monster

I have spent half my life being an R.E.M. fan, and I’ve consumed just about every album in their catalogue. So, at this point, I feel confident saying that Monster is unfairly maligned, and truly stands as one of their best.

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Blind Man with a Pistol: Ishmael Reed’s Misguided Pow-Wow

Anyone who has witnessed affirmative action policies in play can tell you that bad apples are chosen to fulfill a quota, not unlike a cop who harasses every citizen who bears a vague resemblance to a wanted suspect.

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Diana Ross Climbs Over the Mountain and Beyond the Valley

What happened when Diana Ross left the Supremes? The answer might surprise you. Two recently unearthed solo albums tell the story.

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Terror, Dolls, Madhouses: Three for the Price of Price

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"Three Vincent Price projects from American International.

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