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24 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Women and ‘The Wire’

Why the most intelligent show on TV, a compelling exploration of the circumstances and institutional pressures that make people who they are, gets an "F" in Gender Studies.

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20 Questions: Larry Love of Alabama 3

Larry Love of Alabama 3 may be 'sick' but he ain't dead, yet. He claws his way out of a groovin' but dark, existential place to answer PopMatters 20 Questions.

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Horrors in the Closet: Horrifying Heteronormative Scapegoating

The artificial connection between homosexuality and communism created the popular myth of evil and undetectable gay subversives living inside 1950s American society.

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Yukio Mishima, of Love and Death

Death and sex were verboten, and Mishima took it upon himself to be a virtuosic provocateur; part passionate expressive modernist, part fervent traditionalist.

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They Happen to Be Girls: An Interview with Uh Huh Her

PopMatters talks with L Word star Leisha Hailey and her musical cohort Camila Grey about feminism, how storms make for a great concert, and how candlelit bathrooms are the best place to record vocals for an album.

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20 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Looking Back at Brubeck

Dave Brubeck has been incredibly popular, neither simplistic nor crass, yet critics have never much liked his music. What if you listen to him -- to his long career -- with fresh ears?

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A Righteous Babe in Uncharted Territory: An Interview With Ani DiFranco

DiFranco doesn't take the usual approach to the music business, but her horse-and-buggy style, as well as her motherhood, may turn out to be assets.

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19 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

In Praise of Ugly Shoes

Fashion and art are now irrevocably intertwined. Gloriously impractical and surprisingly sculptural, ugly shoes may be the new affordable art

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We Don’t Die, We Multiply: Hip-Hop Groups

Group identification creates interesting scenarios within hip-hop culture, from the formation and maintenance of group identity to the difficulties of promoting the lyrical skills of a group's various members.

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Brighton Wok: The Legend of Ganja Boxing

Brighton Wok is England’s first marijuana Kung-Fu movie. You get the bong, I’ll get the nachos.

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Me, Myself & BBCi: Who’s Watching Whom

The extensive use of mirrors in the Big Brother house behind which many of the cameras are hidden means that when the contestants hear the voice of authority, it is their own reflexion that they see back.

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Eyes Wide Open: An Interview With Los Campesinos!

Welsh speed-pop septet Los Campesinos! have ascended the indie-rock ladder at a rate that has even stunned co-founder Neil Campesinos. Touring with Broken Social Scene and releasing a critically adored full-length: all in a day's work for a band that didn’t even exist three years ago.

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17 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Barack Obama: Indie Rocker

In how he is represented and in the fan base he's amassed, Obama resembles an indie-rock band in the first flush of fame. Does that mean he's just for elite tastes too?

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17 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

Triumph Over Tragedy

Into Eternity's Tim Roth talks about the tragic year that informed his band's new album, life in the Candadian prairies, and what it means to be a "hybrid band".

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20 Questions: Uh Huh Her: Camila Grey & Leisha Hailey

Uh Huh Her's Leisha Hailey and Camila Grey collaborate on their new CD, Common Reaction, and in their replies to PopMatters 20 Questions.

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Collection Obsession: William Davies King’s “Collections of Nothing”

Wrestling with objects, saving and ordering them, is a way to cope with flux, doubt, and the twin gods of sex and death. Banash deconstructs the human urge to collect all manner of stuff.

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The Panting Maniac: Chasing Lolita on a Grim 50-Year Anniversary

What the author finds on the bottom end of American pop culture in 1958 is an environment ripe and primed, no matter how subconsciously or keep-it-in-the-family quiet, for the sexual exploitation of youth.

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14 Aug 2008 // 10:59 PM

Songs in the Key of Strife

Could protest songs be making a comeback? Flobots is bringing overtly political, message-oriented music back onto the Top 40. Plus, a collection of popular political music with videos.

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13 Aug 2008 // 11:00 PM

A Fairy Tale Childhood: An Interview with Guy Maddin

The Canadian cult director talks to PopMatters about family, childhood, memory and his cinematic Gesamptkunstwerks that often look like damaged artifacts dredged up from an archive of lost 1920s and '30s film.

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Twice as Tough: Short Ends and Leader Turns Two

It was a year for directors, decisions, and dilemmas as PopMatters' feisty film blog celebrated its second year of motion picture provocation.

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