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20 Questions: Nellie McKay

The fictional character most like 'schizophrenic voodoo' girl, Nellie McKay? A mix of Lassie, Scarlett O'Hara, Godzilla and Nancy Drew. These and other reveling facets of her character are discussed with PopMatters 20 Questions.

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2 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

In the Land of the Blind

Fernando Meirelles’ adaptation of Jose Saramago’s Blindness fails because the source material doesn’t easily lend itself to cinema, and because the filmmaker is clearly out of his depth.

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2 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Olbermann Effect

Keith Olbermann has transformed news into entertainment. Countdown viewers no longer expect the facts; they expect to laugh and to think. Thank goodness.

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1 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Database of Self

Technology's ability to digitize everything threatens to reduce curiosity to trivia collecting and our sense of self to TK.

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Sorta [Dallas, TX]

Turning the spotlight on a band that's come to an end may seem odd, but the release of Sorta's final album gives cause to mourn the loss of one of Dallas's greatest bands, and honor the memory of one of its most vital musicians.

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30 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Lost Mystery of Record Collections

Since stacks of vinyl are quickly disappearing, is it possible that we will be handing our kids our old hard drives for them to look through or USB drives for them to play with?

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Retelling the History of Black Music: When Black Pop Blew Up the First Time

Black cultural activity exploded during the 1920s. By the end of that decade, modern black pop had established itself as a cornerstone of American culture.

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No Easy Reasons: Interview with Camilla Noli

The question at the heart of Camilla Noli's debut novel, Still Waters, is this: Is every woman suited to motherhood? The book is a sharp, distressing look at the answer. PopMatters spoke to Noli about the book, the controversy, motherhood, and the writer's dream realized.

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Reinventing the Southern California Novel: Marisa Silver’s The God of War

Silver took the vital ingredients of a regional novel and composed an L.A. tale, but set many miles east -- at the edge of the desolate Salton Sea -- a wasteland that would have held tremendous appeal to T.S. Eliot.

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“I See a Change in Me”: An Interview with Shannon McArdle

In this revealing and personal interview, McArdle discusses the events that lead her to write her confessional solo disc Summer of the Whore, and how this disc just may dictate the course of her life for years to come.

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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: Heartbeat Props

The Digital Underground party has apparently come to an end. If so, we must acknowledge the group for more reasons than popularizing "The Humpty Dance".

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28 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

One Man Revolution: An Interview with Tom Morello

In the pouring rain the musicians, the little old lady with her cane waving, and even the cop all start singing and jumping. I see the unbridled joy of Morello, singing Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land" and I jump too, joining my first protest in 35 years.

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20 Questions: Ben Taylor

Born to the musical talents of James Taylor and Carly Simon and nourished by the fertile surrounds of Martha's Vineyard, Ben Taylor talks with PopMatters 20 Questions before touring for his new album, The Legend of Kung Folk Part 1 (The Killing Bite), began.

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25 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Pretty Vacant

The world of The Duchess should have been one of fiery tumult, but little of that foment makes it into this film’s garden party landscape.

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Pleased to Meet ‘Em: The Replacements’ Sire Years

Rhino reissues the second half of the Replacements' discography, from the mid-'80s masterpiece Tim to their laid-back 1990 swan song, All Shook Down.

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The Detective & His Reflections: The Shield: Sixth Season

The nihilistic, morally blurred world of The Shield reflects the inner workings of its characters.

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Retelling the History of Black Music: Bert Williams, Godfather of the Black Stage & Studio

Bert Williams in blackface started a conversation about representing blackness within a mainstream context that has continued through virtually every crossover moment in black American life.

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24 Sep 2008 // 11:00 PM

Small Brew

The sale of Anheuser Busch to Belgian brewer InBev has some wondering what will happen to American beer. But craft brewing, not Budweiser, is beer made the American way.

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The Misfits’ American Psycho (1997)

This Danzig-less "reunion" album from the most recognized brand in horror rock isn't nearly as bad as you'd expect.

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Living in Ghost World: Washington, DC

With US Presidential candidates vying for the best seat in the White House in mind, we revist an essay on what living in DC is like for the common man.

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