Recent Features

8 Jul 2008 // 9:59 PM

Saint Vinnie

Deanne Sole journeys Melbourne's charity outlets, exploring the fundamentals of the down under St. Vincent de Paul outlet: Bargains, surprises, drunks.

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In Memoriam: Thomas M. Disch

It's often said of uncommonly talented writers that they defied description; in Disch's case, that actually managed to be true.

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8 Jul 2008 // 9:59 PM

20 Questions: The Motion Sick

Named SPIN's “Band of the Month” for their first release, Her Brilliant Fifteen, the Motion Sick draw parallels to Vonnegut with lyrics ringing of social commentary. Mike Epstein answers PopMatters' 20 Questions.

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7 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Pleased to Meet Me: A Pre-Post Racial Tribute to Barack Obama

Maybe the Obama phenomenon is neither the beginning nor the end of the national conversation on race. Maybe it's half-time.

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7 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten

The DVD of this title releases today. In memory of Strummer, Pop Past revists this special feature, Joe Strummer 1952-2002, originally published in December 2002.

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6 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Tales of Mighty Antietam

With the release of their new epic double-album, rock stalwarts Antietam sit down with PopMatters' Jon Langmead to dissect their long, storied, and powerful past, pulling off shoestring-budget miracles in the hopes that just one song is all that is needed to change your life.

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6 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

C-O-M-P-E-T-E

The novelty of pitting eight- to 15-year-olds against one another for popular amusement can be glossed over in the name of educational achievement.

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20 Questions: Rahsaan Patterson

The purveyor of 21st century soul chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about chocolate, Chaka Khan, and the significance of Snoopy.

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Retelling the History of Black Music: Everything You Know About the Blues Is Wrong

For the most part, blacks were not involved in the heroic work of rescuing the black acoustic blues legacy from the passage of time.

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Fareed Zakaria’s View of a Post-American World

No one book will make all the difference, but familiarity with this particular volume would help ensure that the 44th President of the US is better equipped to deal with America’s changing role than the 43rd.

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Beyond the Core Gamer: An Interview with Wideload Games’ Alex Seropian

"There's huge potential for the market to grow, and the only way we're going to get there is if there are games available that address an audience beyond the core gamer."

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1 Jul 2008 // 10:00 PM

Book Arbitrage

Joan Didion once wrote, "the hippies scorn money -- they call it bread." Rob Horning explains how best to reap the benefits of the secondhand bookstore's cash-or-credit system.

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The Sounds of Now: Tristan Murail and Sounding Stasis

What happens to the ear when it receives musical sound? Do we hear "our" music as music and the rest as noise?

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The Delicate Ecology of the Used Bookstore

You know, it's not easy rummaging through your trash. Ian Mathers takes a look at the secondhand bookseller's world from the inside.

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30 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Getting Schooled

More than the usual ABCs, this school clearly believes in arts education, regularly spotlighting student performers at its assemblies -- and these kids are acquiring real musical skills.

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30 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

“Swiper, No Swiping!”: The Demonology of Dora the Explorer

With his moral ambiguity, ritualistic expulsions, and trickster ways, Dora the Explorer's Swiper is an archetypal image of the diabolical fox-spirit in the history of religions -- which might be an unacknowledged lesson for children.

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29 Jun 2008 // 10:00 PM

Love on the Rocks

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?'s dark, witty banter and assessment of human malice made my brain tick and also made me glad I wasn’t married.

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Dispatches From the Battlefield: An Interview With Van Hunt

Van Hunt recorded one of the best albums of 2008: Popular. The only problem is you're not going to hear it.

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20 Questions: Deborah Bonham

Sweetly soulful and powerful (think Aretha Franklin and Janis Joplin), blues-rock singer-songwriter Deborah Bonham chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about Paul Rodgers, a beautiful ex-racehorse named Jack, and other inspirations in her life and music.

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Even today there are distinctive characteristics to American and European jazz styles. Which strain of music is most forward-looking? Which suggests the most promising vanguard for a music that seems to lose listeners even as its creativity expands?

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The Best and Worst Films of Spring 2015

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"January through April is a time typically made up of award season leftovers, pre-summer spectacle, and more than a few throwaways. Here are PopMatters' choices for the best and worst of the last four months.

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