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Who Says Libraries Are Just About Books?

Quiet, Please author Scott Douglas speaks out about the future of libraries, being played by Oprah in the movie version, and his recent library-themed wedding.

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The Banality of a Wanna Be Robin Hood

As I walked into the payday loan company's office I wondered, Did any of the union welders on the Death Star walk out once they realized what "Project DS" stood for?

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14 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

A Terrifying Ruby Jubilee

As a pivotal year of social change and as a cultural stepping stone, 1968 saw the radicalization of American society, and an accompanying revolution in the realm of horror genre filmmaking.

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14 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Twilight of the Leading Ladies?

As cancellations force more alpha female characters off the air, the question arises: Are we seeing television audiences and studios turn away from strong women as leads?

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13 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Women of the (Music) World

There is little in this world as beautiful as the female voice. Sometimes it’s necessary to stop and remind ourselves of this.

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13 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Festival Nation: Avoiding the Post-Modern Buzzkill

As we near the summer music festival season, throngs of sunblock-wielding concertgoers prepare to once again brave hot temperatures and crowded venues. PopMatters sifts through the myriad happenings to offer a primer for the summer.

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20 Questions: David Baldacci

Best-selling author David Baldacci talks with PopMatters 20 Questions about the importance of hallucinogens, hit men, and Herman Munster -- and yeah, other important things, too.

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Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop: Hip-Hop’s Fight Against Time

Hip-hop fights haters, record labels, rival emcees, and even the law. Time, however, has proven to be a formidable opponent.

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State of Grace: How Buddhist Teachings Transformed a Maximum Security Prison in Alabama

In her new documentary, Jenny Phillips frames the daily, shackled grind of prisoners' lives with social injustices, but also investigates what it is like to be a prisoner doing hard time in the South choosing to practice guided Buddhist meditation techniques.

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Survival of the Fittest: The Hard Country of John Anderson

Anderson is a distinctive country music artist whose ample, if intermittent, hits have not given him the hallowed stature or name recognition of many of his contemporaries.

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1977: The Year Decency Died - Part II

If punk’s message was ‘destroy’, then inevitably wrapped up in its own scream of existence was its dying breath. No sooner was 1977 declared the year of punk than the death of punk was in the cards.

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Now Hear This: Kevin Grivois [Tahoe, California]

A superstar in Europe, an unknown in America. Kevin Grivois (aka Ké) remembers the "strange world" of his major label ascent and why an election year is bringing him back to the spotlight.

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9 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

Lest You Be Judged

Watching these courtroom dramas had me wondering why people choose to bicker over their disagreements on television, particularly in front of judges whose impartiality is questionable.

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1977: The Year Decency Died - Part I

"I loathe and detest everything they stand for and look like. They are obnoxious, obscene and disgusting."

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8 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

A Love Inseparable from False Hope

Anxious as the first time we saw him live, grateful for his fragile presence, we come to terms with Morrissey and perpetual disappointment.

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8 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

Charlton Heston: 1200 B.C. - 2022 A.D.

Though the late actor failed to stem the liberal hippie apocalypse in his trio of 1960s sci-fi classics, he did find a true love in guns.

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Spidey Turns Slacker?!: Great Power, Not So Much Responsibility

As Marvel Comics turns back the clock on Spider-Man, returning him to the struggling single life, questions erupt about the relationship of hero to audience.

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Kill the One with the Ball, or How I learned to Love Capitalism

For many of us, preparation for real life happened not in the classroom, but on the playground at recess. There's a lot to be learned about Capitalism from the bottom of a schoolyard pig-pile.

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6 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Nuke the Kiss

For some TV viewers, storylines of adultery, murder, war, rape, etc. are not reprehensible enough to prompt a channel change; two men kissing, however, is another matter.

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The Solitary Vice: Remove the ‘Guilt’ from ‘Guilty Pleasures’

PopMatters unveils its first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, by Mikita Brottman, in this first excerpt and author interview. Brottman wonders, Just what's so great about reading, anyway?

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'Herald' Attempts the Troubled Waters of the Colonial Narrative

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"The “colonialism” at play is not between nations, rather it seems more interested in how it influences a man recently come of age.

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