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Thursday, October 18 2001

25 Up: Punk’s Silver Jubilee: So bored with the USA?: reflections on a transatlantic divide

On their first album, in 1977, the Clash included the track 'I'm So Bored with the USA'. It was a sweeping rant. But with which USA were the band so bored? Was it the Velvet Underground or Iggy Pop? Unlikely. Was it US television, was it US militarism? More probable. Was it more to do with the Clash resenting the idea of latterday American imperialism and, by extension, a suggestion that that very imperialism might be claiming this simmering sub-cultural volcano as its own? Quite possible. Or was it something else?


39th New York Film Festival

This year, the New York Film Festival had a special significance, as it marked the return to some sense of normalcy in the city, two weeks after the World Trade Center disaster.


Thursday, October 11 2001

Is There Nothing Left?

The hard reality is that U2 is over. As good as 'All That You Can't Leave Behind' is at showcasing the best of the band's traditions, there is no good place to go from here.


Friday, September 28 2001

Ghetto Love: Talking about Dave Hollister and Jaheim

What makes singers Dave Hollister and Jaheim so refreshing is that while they are street-slick they are also vulnerable and accessible. While iced-out rap artists stack women like chips but eschew closeness, most R&B superstars romance models in exotic locales free from everyday concerns. In contrast, Dave Hollister and Jaheim have the personas of guys from around the way who made good telling stories for and about average Black folks.


Adventures in Dust: A Journal of the 2001 Burning Man Festival

What follows is less a review than a personal narrative. Maybe a journalistic recap of Burning Man is possible, but to me it misses the point. It's a participatory event, and everyone's experience of it is extremely different.


Thursday, September 27 2001

Tears, Fears, and Mariah Carey

A Tribute to Heroes', why I was glad to see that she looked less frazzled than I expected.


Banned in the U.S.A.?

Following the turmoil felt all across the United States after the events of September 11, 2001, Clear Channel Communications announced a list of songs that are deemed 'questionable' in the wake of terrorist attacks and a move towards war . . . And this sensitivity, it seems, means that anything that may cause listeners to think about the crisis at all is to be avoided.


Tuesday, September 25 2001

Steal This List

This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of J.D. Salinger's classic novel of adolescence adrift, 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Rob Maitra, 'PopMatters' critic and high-school teacher, brings us a report from the field that confirms that, even after half a century, Holden Caulfield is still very much alive -- and kicking.


Friday, September 21 2001

Eddie Kramer Reminisces about the American Chap with the Big Hair

He crawled out from under the avalanche of Hendrix tapes he is continually working with to chat with PopMatters about the latest Jimi Hendrix release, 'Voodoo Child: The Jimi Hendrix Collection'.


Thursday, September 20 2001

Hooked on Kael

Perhaps the greatest indication of Kael's impact on the movie industry lay in its repeated attempts to lure her over to its side.


Big Boss Man Samuel Arkoff (1917-2001)

... time has shown that his commitment to entertainment and customer satisfaction led to a body of work that retains its appeal long after more supposedly sophisticated cinema has proven pale and pointless.


Tuesday, September 18 2001

Four Movements and a Coda: Perspectives on a National Tragedy

I have been deeply conflicted by the events of the last week and the prayer vigil allowed me to finally understand that mourning the dead and valorizing American imperialism are two radically different concepts. The differences in these concepts will, unfortunately be will lost on some Americans.


Thinking With the Wrong Hemisphere

In the minds of whoever is responsible for these reprehensible attacks on the United States, the hijacked planes were but the means to an end –- their ultimate work will be done by us the moment we sacrifice any of our liberties in the name of security.


Sunday, September 16 2001

I Am the World Trade Center

After seeing and feeling this most recent national tragedy, I am proud, scared, anxious, and angry to pronounce that I, too, am the World Trade Center.


The End of the Push-Button War

The explosions of our weapons in foreign wars will not look like a video game. Not anymore.


Monday, September 10 2001

It goes on and on and on

Criticism is product too, absorbed and deployed by the machine, as a sign of genius and innovation (like Cobain or Biggie Smalls), and also as a product to be sold, to be sucked back into the ever-envelope-pushing machine. Aaliyah is part of it, yes.


Thursday, September 6 2001

Genius of Cool: Dan Hicks and the Post-Ego Trip

Dan Hicks is to music what Philip K. Dick is to Sci Fi, what R. Crumb is to comics, what The Dude is to bowling: a true original in a world of copies.


The Dan Hicks Interview

Dan Hicks is to music what Philip K. Dick is to Sci Fi, what R. Crumb is to comics, what The Dude is to bowling: a true original in a world of copies.


Wednesday, August 22 2001

Reinventing American Adolescence

This summer marks the fiftieth anniversary of J.D. Salinger's classic novel of adolescence adrift, 'The Catcher in the Rye'. Rob Maitra, 'PopMatters' critic and high-school teacher, brings us a report from the field that confirms that, even after half a century, Holden Caulfield is still very much alive -- and kicking.


Tuesday, August 14 2001

50 Ways to Love Your Livres

In the third of our summer reading lists, John G. Nettles suggests that you pick up a few books that carry the highest recommendation of all -- certain people don't want you or your kids to read them.


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