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Tuesday, January 27 2004

Baby-Girl Drama: Remembering Sakia

While it is perhaps easy to suggest that Gunn's murder was an isolated example of gay bashing, such an interpretation obscures the relationship between sexuality and gender. Gay men are often 'bashed' because of an affinity to women and lesbians are bashed because they 'are' women. In many regards, homophobia is rooted in misogyny -- a hatred of women.

Thursday, January 22 2004

Dancing Queen: Donna Summer’s Journey Through the Heart of Disco

Disco is dismal, dire. Disco is done. But not Donna Summer. And the artist we know as Donna Summer is not so much a 'she' as a 'they.' She is one of the most under-rated vocalists of her generation, yet without the production genius of Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, it's possible we might never have heard the name 'Donna Summer' at all.

Monday, January 19 2004

Best Books of 2003

The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday)In The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem triumphs in several different areas. He masterfully evokes the ‘70s

Fairy Lights and Fear: The Best “True Crime” of 2003

This project began as a quest to find the best true crime books of the year. Believe us, we sifted through all manner of junk to make this list. It was worth it, though, because along the way we discovered some modern-day classics.

Triumphs and Yellow Dogs: The Best and Worst Books of 2003

If you made a list of the authors who released new novels this year, 2003 would seem like a stellar year for literary fiction. A new book bearing the name Martin Amis or Margaret Atwood or J. M. Coetzee or Toni Morrison on its dustjacket is enough to perk up a reader's or a critic's season, but to have so many big-name authors publishing new works in the same span of months promises an embarrassment of riches.

Friday, January 16 2004

Five Reasons Why Global Culture Didn’t Suck in 2003…

Here's 10 more watershed moments of the past year whose impact will most likely be felt long after Dick Clark's balls drop on New York City and Los Angeles.

Five Reasons Why Global Culture Didn’t Suck in 2003…

Here's 10 more watershed moments of the past year whose impact will most likely be felt long after Dick Clark's balls drop on New York City and Los Angeles.

Wednesday, January 14 2004

Testing the Vertical Hold with the Color Bars

PopMatters speaks with Color Bars' Gerald Slevin about the new disc, the music business at large, and that often-hallowed New York scene. Just what is it about that city that makes it so musically special?

Killing to be Clever: Alone with Max Barry

Max Barry has been called this generation's answer to George Orwell. But how bleak is his vision of the future, really? PopMatters books critic Nikki Tranter investigates.

Friday, January 9 2004

Top 10 Films of 2003

The movies were as dismal as the times. A year clouded by a slumping economy, lost jobs, broken alliances, a new war, reconstruction blues, SARS,

Top 10 DVDs of 2003

If the films shown at the New Czech Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music are any indication, to this day Czechoslovakia is a country of dueling emotions and opposite impulses.

Top 10 Films of 2003

In a year of blockbuster sequels, self-important prestige pics, and uninspired indies, the real film finds were few and far between. Here are the unexpected

Repetition and Revenge: Top Films of 2003

The year’s cinematic output had everything to do with the complex cultural climate. Fearing mortality, yearning for connection, and lusting for vengeance appeared again

Top 10 Films of 2003

I love making lists, especially wish lists. And so I relish the opportunity to make a Top 10 of 2003 films as it will remind me to

Top 10 Films of 2003

It’s curious that something as seemingly random as a year’s worth of movies can somehow take on its own semi-coherent themes. Following 2001 (the

Top 10 Horror Films of 2003

Judging by the horror films released in theaters and on video in the U.S. during 2003, the genre is undergoing yet another renaissance.

Top 10 Movie Moments of 2003

With the nearest cinema more than half an hour from my house, I have to really want to see a movie to make the journey. Who wants to add the waste of gas and good hour or so on the road to the money already spent on tickets and popcorn? My limited time at the movies, though, means I enjoy the experience more than if I took it for granted.

Wednesday, January 7 2004

Top 10 Sports Scandals, Controversies, and Oddities of 2003

What's most notable about the top stories in the world of sports for 2003 is how much they have in common with the controversies of years past. Racism, homophobia, and sexism all bubbled to the surface this year, just as they have done and will lamentably continue to do in the future.

Tuesday, January 6 2004

Worst 10 Media Events of 2003

From film and TV to Bush and Madonna, our very own intrepid Terry Sawyer breaks down 2003's worst media moments.

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