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Why I Dislike ‘Rye’: Not be-Holden to Salinger’s ‘Catcher’

'Catcher in the Rye' is a great novel, but it’s not good. When you're more Ferris Bueller than Holden Caulfield, it's hard to relate to his alienation -- no matter how much teachers want you to.

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For Your Consideration: Trophies for Queers

Latins have the ALMAs, African-Americans the NAACP Image Awards, Christians the Dove Awards, so why isn't there a serious awards show given by the LGBT community for LGBT artists?

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9 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Rags to Riches: The Fangirl Phenomena

Take a quick look at fangirl history and you will realize that fangirls’ devotion has “made” some of the most significant players in pop culture history. Fangirls are one of the primary drivers in popular media and today they are more empowered than ever before.

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Minneapolis’ Greatest Unsung Talent Returns: An Interview with Willie Murphy

In a music scene rife with musicians famous for not being more famous, Murphy might be the godfather.

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20 Questions: Steve Schiltz of the Hurricane Bells

Longwave frontman Steve Schiltz took time off from his main band to form Hurricane Bells and wound up on the New Moon soundtrack.

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Electronic Music: The Invader and Infiltrator

Electronic sounds have come to occupy and permeate spaces focused on alterity, from the fringes of academia to the disposal heap of exotica.

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8 Feb 2010 // 9:00 PM

Must See TV No More?

“You’ve created a fetish around watching the commercials, and not going to the kitchen or the bathroom during the commercials. That’s a pretty amazing thing to have done,” says Turow. But is the phenomenon sustainable?

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Willie Nelson in the Twilight Glow

At 77, Willie's hair is now down to his tailbone, and you can see his trademark red locks fade to gray about midway up his back -- it's like examining the rings of a tree.

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It’s Me, I’m Alive: A Conversation with Yoko Ono

PopMatters sits down with Yoko Ono to discuss her most recent artistic output along with the big ideas of life, death, and the Beatles.

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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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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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