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Friday, March 3 2000

The Distance Between Them and Me

When I woke up on the last day of November, I hardly expected to end my day looking at my face on a television screen. Yet, there I was. At approximately 11:50 p.m. and for less than a second, television viewers tuned to CBS could see me on the tube sitting in the front row of David Letterman's audience that night. And how did I achieve my 15 milliseconds of fame?


The Comic Strip Moves to the Suburbs: Settling For Less & Loving It!

Rather than deal in extremes, today's comic strip reflects society at its most mundane. Neither high society nor impoverished slum graces the comics page. A move uptown is construed as elitist, and the impoverished hayseed only makes us queasy.


Monday, February 7 2000

The Clash, From Here to Eternity

The Clash were fun and serious, smart and silly, and, yes, they were sincere, and most bands are not. In the end hearing the Clash play rock 'n' roll is thrilling because it is so unusual for someone to give a damn.


Friday, January 14 2000

Being Lara Croft, or, We Are All Sci Fi

If the Lara facing us is a living contradiction, at once a sex symbol and a rejection of the objectifying gaze, the videogame's Lara Croft —-- mute, unreal, and looking the other way -- is a virtual contradiction, at once a sort of riot grrrl and a sort of fetish.


Friday, January 7 2000

I Never Promised You an Identity: E-love and the End of Intimacy

Sometime in October of ‘98 I received an angry email from a woman who was clearly upset. She recounted, in somewhat broken English, long flirtations in


Saturday, January 1 2000

Progressive History: A Year with the King Crimson Collectors’ Club

King Crimson have never been known for playing things by the book — rather, they’d write the book first, in their own set of glyphs,


Friday, December 31 1999

Top Ten Movies for 1999

Ten movies we liked in 1999, in no particular order. Something we didn’t like is how Hollywood movies are still overwhelmingly white. We are calling


TV-related highlights of 1999

It’s hard to say how and when tv goes wrong, but it does seem to do so inevitably and every year. 1999 was no exception.


Movie-related highlights of 1999

The ritual of year-end listing falls somewhere between purging and plugging, forgetting and remembering, a frustrating exercise in reduction and an entertaining way to recall


Top 10 Events Your Parents Were Oblivious To…

10. The Jenna Jameson CalendarPorn goes legit and looks beautiful. Also the only calendar in your dad’s workshop that’s got a model you KNOW


Top Ten Most Unnecessary Horror Sequels of the ‘90s

1. The Children of the Corn series:For heaven’s sake, as if the first King adaptation wasn’t bad enough, with garbled and incoherent dialogue


Top 10 Films of All Time

Warning: this list is hopelessly weighted toward the 1980s. The ‘80s were not a particularly good decade for film, yet it is the decade in


Monday, December 20 1999

Best of 1999: Sarah Zupko

1. Travis, The Man Who (Independiente, UK)Who know they had it in them? — a truly great, subtle album that digs its way slowly and almost


Best of 1999: Justin Stranzl

1. Beck, Midnite Vultures (DGC/Interscope)“Great party record,” “sexiest rock album since early Prince,” blah, blah, blah. Everyone keeps talking the album up, and while


Best of 1999: David Starkey

This was a good year to shuck off the armor of po-mo irony we all take for granted and re- embrace pure affect. Although serious


Best of 1999: Peter Solderitsch

I’m not a fan of the “Best of” terminology, because what’s “best” in my eyes probably isn’t “best” in yours. Plus, “best”


Best of 1999: Jimmy Smith

In no order, not even alphabetical. Beck, Midnite Vultures (Geffen)The Artist of the Decade makes a soul’n'blips record that both your doddering Uncle


Best of 1999: Sarah Sharpe

1. Gomez, Liquid Skin (Virgin)This album hooked me from the first listen, and I still smile with uncontrollable delight every time I push play and


Best of 1999: Scott Sepich

1. Blur, 13 (Virgin)A lot of people really didn’t like this record. I’m obviously not one of them. Blur gets better and better with


Best of 1999: Steve Lichtenstein

1. Ben Folds Five, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold MessnerI think I could listen to “Army” every day, all day on a continuous loop. That being


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