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20 Questions: Ben Lee

Ben Lee chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about a very mushy (but he swears fabulous) food combo, the positive properties of ginger tea, and a surprising affinity for Dostoevsky’s troubled Raskolnikov.

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Sherlock Holmes and the Shanghai Gesture

“We have become archetypes,” laments Holmes to Watson, “we were created and published before the year 1923, which places us and many of our adventures into the realm of public domain.”

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Reinventing the Music Box (Again)

FM3 updated its minimalist masterpiece to include new loops and a fun new pitch controller. But where does this progression stop, and what does it mean to the Buddha Machine's reputation as an instrument of simplicity?

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Hidden Melodies: An Interview with Christian Fennesz

Christian Fennesz always has the record button on, and with his new album he's found a way to turn a cross between a flute and a gong into something perfectly natural.

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22 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Ghost and the Machine

Things don’t just go bump in the night anymore – they emit high-frequency audio evidence, are recorded and saved in .WAV format, and bore us (rather than scare us) to death.

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22 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Ethics of Dr. Gregory House

House both fulfills and questions its viewers’ fantasies of a medical utopia in which doctors are brilliant, attentive, and affordable

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‘Japanese Goth’: A Manifesto for the Beautiful Macabre

This book seeks to place Japan's fashion subculture known as "Gothic Lolita" on a continuum of fine art, fashion and literature.

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April is a Cruel Month for Hockey, Too

Though it's an admittedly strange, even awkward, companionship, American hockey fans know what it is to love poetry.

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A Fan’s Notes: An Interview with Journalist Bob Drury

Newspaperman, magazine journo and best-selling author Bob Drury tells PopMatters about his prolific career in journalism and the path from newspapers to magazines to the New York Times best-seller list.

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Dirty Harry: Nothing Wrong with Shooting the Right People

The year Dirty Harry was released (1971) saw several demonstrations of angry cops questioning why criminals had very solid constitutional protections that often interfered with law enforcement work.

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Straight Out of Madchester: An Interview with the Doves

Doves talk to PopMatters about their development in the Manchester music world, the pressures of living up to their potential, and the new album Kingdom of Rust.

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20 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

The Special Bus

Esotouric offers the connoisseur of crime a selection of tours round the infamous hot-spots of L.A’s darkest neighborhoods.

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Human Optimization: ‘The New York Times’ Love Affair with Headlines

Search engine optimization (SEO) has sidled into the reading experience unbeknownst.

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Full Circle: Béla Fleck, Paul Simon & America’s Return to the World Community

Béla Fleck didn't ask to be the Avatar of the New American Culture (avatars never do). He happened to be in the right place at the right time with a banjo and a digital recorder. The remaining dots are ours to connect, and we've begun to connect them.

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20 Questions: Augusten Burroughs

What do you get when you mix Lolita, Dexter and Ignatius? Something like Augusten Burroughs.

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‘Grey Gardens’: Where Drew Barrymore and Jessica Lange Bloom

HBO’s dedication to quality parts for women gallantly shows through and has even changed the landscape of television as we know it.

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On Evas and Angels: Postmodern Fantasy Devotion to Neon Genesis Evangelion

More than a decade after its debut, Neon Genesis Evangelion continues to reign as a cultural icon in Japan. Understanding how it made such a lasting impact gives us a window onto Japanese social history and fandom.

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Monotrematous Funk: An Interview with Platypus

How did a progressive rock-funk band from Dayton, Ohio become label mates with KISS and Donna Summer? 30 years later, the members of Platypus tell the story.

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15 Apr 2009 // 10:00 PM

Is Your Child Safe?

If opponents of gay rights are serious about stopping child molestation, they shouldn't look inside the gay community. They should look inside the house next door.

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by:Larm 2009: Hot Music from the Frost-Bitten North

Despite the cold conditions and snow-filled streets, Scandinavia’s premier music festival was a warm and welcoming affair, affording time to not only see some top notch music, but also explore Oslo as well.

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Supernatural: Season 11, Episode 22 - "We Happy Few"

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"The show serves up an Avengers-esque character round-up, but the plot is powerless.

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