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7 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Vote for the Prettiest

US presidential elections are suspiciously like high school popularity contests, er, elections -- it's not who you know, it's who knows you.

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“There’s Never Anything Planned”: An Interview With Mark Kozelek

Sun Kil Moon and Red House Painters' Mark Kozelek explains his unlikely inspiration, reflects on aging, and chooses beauty over catharsis.

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Reflections: Interview with Gaetano Capizzi, Director of Cinemabiente

"Cinemabiente means films that reflect the world, or act like a mirror of society. At the same time, they cause the viewer to reflect."

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Cultural Meanings in America Make Benefit Glorious Bank Accounts of Creationists

Is Ben Stein taking a page from Michael Moore? No, from Borat is more like it.

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Play’s the Thing: The Art of Video Game Writing

Many of the people who make the video games you play don't like having a plot at all, much less a good one. It constrains their designs and forces them to sacrifice player freedom for something that the player should be doing themselves.

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6 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Guster’s “Jesus on the Radio”

Ramisetti realizes that a simple love and appreciation for a song is all that matters in the end -- how it finds you, and how it moves you -- even when it comes from a random YouTube video.

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5 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

E-mails from the Dead

Like a cyber séance, of sorts, these Internet services have become a means for the dead to speak to the living.

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5 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Winter Music Conference 2008

In his account of the nation's premier techno festival, David Tatasciore captures the good, the bad, and the ugly that made the Winter Music Conference such an unforgettable experience.

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Saudade: A Conversation with Carly Simon

Tall and tan and still very lovely, Carly Simon takes a cue from Antonio Carlos Jobim on her new album. So why does All About Eve make a cameo?

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4 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

When They’re 65…

What will some of today's most well-known hip-hop artists be doing in 2035? Maybe they won't be running the music world, but they'll probably be doing something beyond applying Fixodent to their grills.

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20 Questions: Pico Iyer

The compassionate, prolific writer and traveler, Pico Iyer, talks with PopMatters 20 Questions, about the Dalai Lama, Benji, Keith Richards, and Paddington Bear.

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Remembrances of Summers Past: 40 Years of Movie Memories

When I look back at my 40 years at the Cineplex, I recall hundreds of singular scenes or sequences, characters whose wisdom (or wit) I keep with me all these years later.

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The Practicality of the Impossible: John Cage and the Freeman Etudes

John Cage replaces the comforting order of the cosmos with the recalcitrant, indecipherable organization of a part of the universe. Each sound, radically set off from the others, demands that we hear it in isolation.

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1 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Snap!: “I’ve Got the Power”

In the unlikely form of a Snap! album, Popek reveals how an ephemeral dance track helped her discover both hip-hop and the understanding that all music is for everyone.

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Fun & Games: Killing Joke in the mid-‘80s

Though lumped in with post-punk acts, Killing Joke were considerably less edgy than their peers, their blunt, pulverizing music echoing the rage and cynicism expressed in the songs making them somewhat of an anomaly.

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The Game World / Real World Interface

"Interfacing" is Moving Pixels' way of taking a look at the tenuous relationship between the gaming world and the real world, and the awkwardness and enlightenment that the intersections between the two can achieve.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: August 2008

Talk about a crowded schedule. There are more offerings scheduled this month than in the previous two combined.

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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29 Apr 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Real Creel

Creels contain volumes of wonderfully imaginative “catches” that, unlike the box’s contents in the myth, unleash a swarm of positive stories and memories that continue life’s flow.

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Broads Don’t Blog, Especially in Haiku

Broads can only thrive under certain social conditions, and those conditions, alas, no longer exist. But a new species has emerged...

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