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Sorry I’m Late: The Real Return of Barry Allen

Racked by delays, pushed aside by creative commitments, and years after the phenomenal Green Lantern: Reborn, Flash Reborn couldn't really matter. Could it?

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Result Not Typical: Improving Political Marketing

The US government is cracking down on misleading advertising; shouldn't political propaganda be included in the discussion?

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Memorabiliaphilia: Nationalizing a Pastime

Baseball looms large, the way anything in a magnifying glass seems to gain size and importance.

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Five Great TV Series to Discover on DVD

One of the greatest benefits that DVDs have bestowed is the ability to discover great TV series that we missed the first time around. Here are five great shows that anyone who loves quality TV should see if they haven't already.

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Raymond Carver: A Writer’s Life

We so want our geniuses to be perfect people. Or at least nice people -- and so often they aren’t.

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20 Questions: Holopaw

Holopaw's Patrick Quinney reveals a secret love of Twin Peaks, a knowledge of all things Craig Biggio, and the 7" he'd love to argue about.

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Tao Lin Has a Neutral Facial Expression

The publication of Shoplifting From American Apparel spurred on another round of debate about Tao Lin's Internet antics. But what is often left out of the conversations about Lin's money-making and media-baiting schemes is their artistic viability.

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28 Feb 2010 // 10:00 PM

The Arrogance of Toby Keith

Arrogance is central to Toby Keith's music. Yet it's an arrogance tied to the notion that human beings are essentially deluded. Everyone thinks they're absolutely right, and everyone is usually wrong.

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20 Questions: Patty Larkin

This year marks Patty Larkin’s 25th year of recording. The master musician’s new CD, 25 (releasing 9 March), features 25 of her most requested love songs, re-worked in acoustic format, and joined by 25 friends.

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J.D. Salinger and Jethro Tull: The Coming of Age Story Soundtrack

I’m not certain if it says more about J.D. Salinger, Jethro Tull or me, that when I think of the ultimate coming-of-age treatise from the trenches, it’s not a novel but a trio of albums.

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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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24 Feb 2010 // 10:00 PM

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 // 10:00 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 // 10:00 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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'The Chamber' Keeps the Drama and Suspense Going

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"The Chamber is the filmic equivalent of a fairground ride, the stimulation of emotion over ideas.

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