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Don’t Quit Your Day Job—If You Have One

Koko Taylor imitator Ladykat drives the city bus that I occasionally ride – at least that, I hope, gives her health insurance.

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“The World Will Know”: Shohreh for Soraya

Iranian expatriate and acclaimed actress Shohreh Aghdashloo talks to PopMatters about The Stoning of Soraya M., the role of women in Iran and ongoing importance of her political activism, especially in the wake of recent events.

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Catalogs: Disposable but Indispensable

Practically its own highly succinct form of literature, I’ll take a good catalog over a bad magazine any day.

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12 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Pogues and Irish Cultural Continuity

Shane MacGowan's awareness and adaptation of trends in the literary world, along with the narrative quality and structural experimentation of his work, should cement his status as both a musical and literary figure.

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The Mask of the Deviant: Understanding Our Role in Killer 7

Williams considers the often strange roles that masks serve in Suda51's games and how they implicate us as players of video games.

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9 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Google and the End of Wisdom

What today’s students do not realize is that what Google provides is sometimes fact and oftentimes opinion – but never answers.

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The Public Display of the Private Individual

As a professor of mine once opined, it is the shift from Rockwell's paranoid "I always feel like somebody's watching me" to the insistence that someone need be watching to validate private feelings.

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We Are United in Our Digital Isolation

The paradox of the new media is that for each face-to-face interaction we sacrifice, we open up the possibility of connecting with thousands of like-minded people.

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The Fawn in the Burning Forest: Our Beloved Monster

Unlike John Lennon’s clumsy attempts to appear working class or Mick Jagger’s incessant chauvinist posturing, Michael Jackson had no strong desire to be “authentic” or “real”.

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The Teflon King: Ronald Reagan and the Death of Michael Jackson

Oddly enough, the Jackson debacle reminds me of another recent death, that of Ronald Reagan just over five years ago.

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8 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Atomising MJ

Michael Jackson is a perennial stranger, an eccentric character with an upbringing which dwarfs any Philip Larkin-esque conception of the fucked up.

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‘Thriller’: The First in Meta Horror

"Thriller" was the first 'meta' horror film, paving the way for much of the genre films we enjoy today.

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8 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Michael Jackson Forever

Sometimes it’s not easy to locate the child prodigy and genius musician in those transformations, as though what constitutes a stellar career is only prelude and financial support for his body’s desired transformations.

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Barbara Thorson, Giant Killer, is Within Us All

We needn’t substitute our daily fears with the supernatural to understand what it means to adopt different identities for different purposes and to feel both tied to and apart from others, but in Barbara’s case, it helps.

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Charles Mingus: Mingus Ah Um 50th Anniversary (Legacy Edition)

Mingus Ah Um sounds like the 20th Century: it is a self-portrait of a man who helped define the direction of post-bop jazz, commenting on the country that created him.

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Bird of a Feather: The Curious Case of Chris Andersen

How has Chris Andersen managed his public relations coup? The short answer is: he's white. But a longer explanation reveals that he's black, too.

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You Can’t Win: Michael Jackson and ‘The Wiz’

Michael Jackson: a man who was made to do everything - except star in films. The Wiz more than proved this.

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Michael Jackson, Barack Obama, and The Politics of Inspiration

Despite my limited enthusiasm for Jackson’s music, I became increasingly shaken by the announcement of his untimely and unfortunate death, and the reality that an odd man whose reputation was tarnished by a series of accusations, was no longer in the living world.

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Michael Jackson and the Death of Monoculture

With Jackson's death, we must also say goodbye to the era when an individual pop star had the power to saturate and unite.

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Moonwalking

My God, could that man dance. Michael Jackson moved like the love child of Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: Our Own Points of View on 'Hardcore Henry'

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"Hardcore Henry gives us a chance to consider not how well a video game translates to film, but how well a video game point of view translates to film.

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