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An Eclectic Master Craftsman: An Interview with Steven Wilson

The ever prodigious Porcupine Tree main man Steven Wilson talks at length with PopMatters about the problems with download culture, the inferiority of the MP3, his strong work ethic and the mysteries of the creative process.

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29 Mar 2009 // 8:59 PM

When Can We Be Friends?

When it comes to sports, while we may be swimming in the cool pool of popular culture, if those sports happen to pit South Korea against Japan, then we have strayed into the searing hot tub of politics.

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The Power of Nines

1999 wasn't the only banner year in moviemaking. Believe it or not, you can go back to the years 1959, 1969, 1979, and 1989 and find fabulous film classics in abundance.

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Panic! The Story of Modern Financial Insanity

In a sense, panic is an imprecise word to describe the emotion of financial crashes; paranoia better suits.

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Part 5: Toy Story 2 to Titus (November - December 1999)

On this final day of PopMatters' 1999 overview, awards season hype gives way to pure acting prowess and definitive directorial flair.

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Confess, Fletch

The Chevy Chase films shouldn't deter you from reading Gregory McDonald's masterful and often hilarious Fletch mysteries

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Part 4: All About My Mother to Sleepy Hollow (October - November 1999)

Outsiders and oddballs make up Part Four's formidable filmmakers, an idiosyncratic collection of dreamers and visionaries.

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English-Only? Not Quite: Linguistic Difference in Jessica Abel’s La Perdida

The interaction between cartoonist, language, and reader is unusually subtle and complex in Jessica Abel's La Perdida

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Perfect Storms: The 11th Annual D.C. Independent Film Festival

On the first Saturday, I saw some 15 films, surviving on popcorn and a gallon of Diet Coke, bleary-eyed from taking notes by the light of my cell phone. By the time it was over, I had seen 35 -- a rewarding whirlwind.

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Heaven Can Wait ‘Til I Finish This Remix

Should I die before I wake, I’d better make sure I’ve already got my iPod / mix-tapes / CDs/ vinyl in order.

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Part 3: The Sixth Sense to  Fight Club (August - October 1999)

Films that have left a lasting impression on their creators (M. Night Shyamalan, Sam Mendes, David Fincher) make up the majority of Part Three of our Films of 1999 overview.

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Getting to the Point: An Interview with Anthony Hamilton

The singer's not resting after his Grammy-winning work with Al Green, but he does seem to be happy these days.

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A Transcendental Evening at Alice Tully Hall

After the first piece, my friend leaned over and whispered that if you close your eyes, you are easily taken away.

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Part 2: The Virgin Suicides to The Blair Witch Project (May - August 1999)

In Part Two of our look at the most memorable films of 1999, we experience music, foul-mouthed mayhem, and a late, great auteur's final cinematic statement.

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20 Questions: John Wesley Harding

The talented songwriter, singer and internationally best-selling novelist from East Sussex, John Wesley Harding, talks with PopMatters 20 Questions

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Oxymorons: Gay Nazi, Gay Aryan, Gay Supremacist

History reveals that homosexuals have long been a part of the Nazi party and were major players in its formation. Hitler's relationships with gay men offer profound lessons for today's gay community.

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Part 1: The Thin Red Line to Star Wars Episode I (January - May 1999)

The first part of PopMatters' look back at the films of 1999 is bookended by the long awaited return of two cinematic auteurs of wildly different styles, Terrence Malick and George Lucas.

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22 Mar 2009 // 8:59 PM

The (Un)lonely Crowd

A festival pass no longer guarantees a communal experience for music lovers. Instead, appreciating events like SXSW is now about social networking and utilizing new technologies. So what does this say about the future of "the concert"?

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Little Murders: And the Hippos Were Boiled in Their Tanks

This is not Tom Brokaw’s Greatest Generation but, rather, Hunter S. Thompson’s Generation of Swine, the urban home front during the waning days of World War II, gritty and unvarnished, and chillingly reflective of modern sociology.

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Stay All Night (Stay a Little Longer): One More Time with the King of Western Swing

Today, many performers play a revivalist form of Western Swing, but even more may be tipping a hat to Bob Wills without even knowing it. Chomping down on his cigar, Wills and his legacy strut around the stage of musical history, rarely taking the lead but now and then giving a holler of approval.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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