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Re-Inventing the Deal: An Interview with Michelle Shocked

Corporate battles, homelessness, and forgiveness are routine to this "indelible" woman.

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Let the Kayfabe be Unbroken: My Breakfast with Blassie

This movie provokes a guilty-pleasure curiosity, followed by a yearning to somehow feel above the ridiculous performance you’re witnessing.

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15 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Mona Mur [Berlin, Germany]

Shedding her wash-out past, Mona Mur has found a new strength and a new focus, balancing the virtual with the real, and rescuing German identity.

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A Glimpse of a Fast-changing China

‘Factory Girls’ and ‘The People's Republic of Capitalism’ give us a snapshot of the dramatic changes China is undergoing.

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15 Second Theater Presents…

PopShots introduces 15 Second Theater -- radically distilled dramatic readings designed to accommodate the contemporary attention span.

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14 Jul 2009 // 10:00 PM

Bob Holroyd Re:Turns

“Writing music is often like assembling a collage, and I think this is why a lot of my tracks have a sort of cinematic quality to them,” says Holroyd.

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The Phantom Speaks! An Interview with Cult Movie Critic Joe Kane

Joe Kane writes about the fun stuff on the fringes -- low budget horror movies and action movies, exploitation movies, cult movies, B movies.

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20 Questions: Jessica Hopper

Jessica Hopper advises travelers, “Never mind the nuclear reactors in the distance, it’s heaven in the Midwest” – and other tips for PopMatters 20 Questions readers.

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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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"Spirits of Xanadu wrings emotion and style out of its low fidelity graphics.

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