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Monday, October 18 1999

Why Does Pop Matter?

Reading a magazine called PopMatters, you would probably expect to find out why Pop matters? What is the purpose of Pop? Is there a difference between Pop and popular when we talk about culture? Is popular culture study a convenient excuse for wasting intellectual resources, or is it the most vital issue in contemporary society?


Sunday, January 1 1995

PopMatters Book Interview

You name it, Kevin Murphy saw it in 2001. And lived to tell the tale.


Understanding Reinvention

In 1993, Scott McCloud, best known for his sci-fi comics series Zot!, published his landmark volume Understanding Comics, which made waves in the academic discussion about


Awaking to the Terror of the Same Old Day: The Comics of Harvey Pekar

A talking head confronts the reader in a panel of American Splendor: On the Job (Dark Horse Comics, 1997). He’s a middle-aged blue collar intellectual,


Lone Star Comix Online

Austin, Texas — It’s a factoid I never seem to tire of: Austin was one of the major seats of the Sixties underground comix movement,


To Be or Not to Be in This Pair of Tights: Superhero Comics as Literature

Part 2 of 2  The new issue of Wizard: Guide to Comics, the fanboy zine extraordinaire, has a cover showing a character by the name of


To Be or Not to Be in This Pair of Tights: Superhero Comics as Literature

Part 1 of 2 Literature means never having to say you’re a genre. Being inside an insidious box molds literature into some pretty terrible moments. In


The Cut-Out Bin #7

Stan Ridgway's neo-noir Western, the heightened contradictions of 10cc, and Claudine Longet, the best of the broken-English chanteuses.


The Cut-Out Bin #6

This month, Conor Oberst's philosophical investigations, how Too Much Joy was cursed with comedy, and a humble offering from Styx's Dennis DeYoung.


The Cut-Out Bin #5

George Michael demands the impossible with Listen Without Prejudice, John Phillips's mid-'70s muse, and sweet suffocation from the Carpenters.


The Cut-Out Bin #4

Raunchy Minnesota country punk from Tulip Sweet, the Psychedelic Furs late-career resurrection, and why Dexy's Midnight Runners should not be seen as one-hit wonders.


The Cut-Out Bin #3

Fin-de-siècle paranoia from Archers of Loaf, Loverboy's mall-friendly poodle rock and Roger Waters's vision of how Live Aid may have prevented nuclear annihilation.


The Cut-Out Bin #2

Holly Beth Vincent, bluesy belter Genya Ravan, and the sublime idiocy of The Lost Boys soundtrack.


The Cut-Out Bin #1

post-Bunnymen guitar pop by the Wild Swans, the quintessentially quirky Canadian songwriter Jane Siberry, and soft-rock sleaze from ex-Fleetwood Mac guitarist Bob Welch.


PopMatters Book Review

As far as weapons go, I think that writing about trangressing gender -- in whatever ways they do -- is a powerful weapon against ignorance and fear.


PopMatters Book Review

They see that 'F' word (fetish) in the title of my books, and immediately label the work as offensive before even looking at the imagery. I have been battling this negative association for about three years now here in Los Angeles.


PopMatters Interview

I do believe that every aspect of our relationships are suffused with power, discipline, dominance and submission, of which we are only dimly aware.


Interviews

Nelson George is best known for his nonfiction writing — his columns and essays on black popular music and culture for the Village Voice, Esquire, and


Top 8 Guilty Pleasures of 2003

So bust out the Justin Timberlake CD hidden in your pajama drawer and put on the Charmed T-shirt you bought on eBay late at night. Here are my picks for 2003's most entertaining guilty pleasures.


Best TV Performers of 2003

The performance of the year was Edie Falco's in the 'Whitecaps' episode of 'The Sopranos'. At least, that's what I heard. I didn't see it. Consequently, you won't see it on my list of the best of 2003.


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