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Bruce Nauman and The Art of Thinking

In Bruce Nauman's art no complacency is allowed to reside. The complacent can only flee.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 2

Day Two - A demanding Decalogue overflowing with everything: from fascinating international fare, misbegotten masterworks, some out of the blue bafflers, and that seminal show about “nothing”.

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13 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Why We Hate

A true fan feels true hate -- for the opposition, for the officials, and for anything else that stands between that fan's team and victory.

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Cinema Qua Non - Indispensable DVDs: Part 1

Day One - A trip back to the classic days of studio system Hollywood, complete with great musicals, amazing adventure yarns, and a couple of post-modern freak outs, just to keep things controversial and lively.

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12 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Secret Life of Bees

What could have been a brave film turned out lukewarm, lost in its own self-importance, stripped of its feminist overtones and watered down for mass consumption.

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20 Questions: Mike Farris

Mike Farris, a man with a sweet but mighty tenor, talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about his little slice of Heaven, right here on Earth.

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9 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Manitobian Candidate

Have shadowy forces spent years preparing a puppet candidate who will support their causes? Yes -- and you’ll be surprised who’s pulling the strings.

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9 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Woody Allen’s “Asian” Problem

Hollywood has rarely offered Asians opportunities to be anything other than karate heroes, geishas, wartime prostitutes, or sinister "yellow peril" villains.

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Blues Child: An Interview With Eli Cook

PopMatters talks with 21-year-old bluesman Eli Cook about cranking it up, turning it down, and balancing the expectations of different crowds.

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9 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

Irrational Exuberance

Watching Mike Leigh’s sublimely fresh Happy-Go-Lucky, you could be forgiven for wondering what the rest of humanity is so depressed about, anyway.

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Two Cow Garage [Columbus, Ohio]

After years of building a sound, a fan base, and scraping by in the music business, Two Cow Garage is (once again) poised on the edge of greatness with their upcoming release.

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8 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Selling the Melody

From the lips of Melody Gardot -- heard in her swinging Cole Porter for an automobile -- there's another tentacle of jazz pushing forward, finding its way into our ears.

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7 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

(Super)flat Pop

Despite sharing a preoccupation with pop culture and commercialism, Takashi Murakami is no Andy Warhol.

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7 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Manny Dread

Manny Ramirez and the Red Sox, unkempt and screwy as all hell, went up against the always clean-cut New York Yankees and bested them in a hair-versus-square contretemps.

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7 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

DIY: Takahiko Iimura

Takahiko Iimura read about the American underground film movement and began making experimental works based only on what he'd read. Soon he was a leading experimental filmmaker.

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6 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

They Were on a Break: An Interview With the Feelies

The Feelies, the most plaintive and modest of the 1980s indie-breakout bands, wrung total pastoral bliss from a North Haledon garage for over a decade. Glenn Mercer reflects on the close of the band's initial run and looks at the promise of its reunion.

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Bukowski: What Lies Beneath

During the rare moments when Charles Bukowski's vulnerable side are shown, they manage to break through the "dirty old man" parody of himself that he had become.

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6 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Seventh Seal of Smug

If hipsters really are the harbingers of cultural end-times, then what sort of apocalypse have they wrought?

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Uncool Rising: Why It’s OK to Listen to Creedence Clearwater Revival

Why is Creedence Clearwater Revival -- staple of classic-rock radio and formidable singles band -- the epitome of uncool in the eyes of some music separatists?

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Answers and Answers: The Roxanne and Annie Sagas

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters' saucy provocations of the 1950s caused a stir that would resonate with responses throughout the formative years of rock 'n' roll.

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