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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


Best of 1999: Brad Engler

1. Tom Waits, Mule VariationsEvery song just hits the nail directly on the head. The songs are instrumentally sparse yet always feel full of complexity. The


Best of 1999: Chris Angotti

1.  Outrageous Cherry, Out There in the Dark (Del-Fi)2.  Old 97’s, Fight Songs (Elektra)3.  Imperial Teen, What Is Not to


Friday, November 19 1999

Fighting the Hand that Feeds You (If the Body Wears a Microsoft Shirt)

In a Western setting, it seems that a central aspect of being a fan of someone or something always means being hungry for more of the same — it is not enough simply to be satisfied with what's already out there, and what originally made the fan become a fan, but there is a nearly unstillable hunger for continuous reaffirmation of one's reasons for being a fan, through new product.


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?


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