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Monday, December 18 2000

Best of 2000: Andy Argyrakis

The end of the year is the hardest time in a critic’s job because that means they have to agonize over each and every


Monday, November 6 2000

I Can Sing a Rainbow: Towards a Sensible Music

According to Coldplay, recently lofted bafflingly high in the UK charts, 'It was all yellow'. Quite what it was and how it came to be yellow are not specified, although several unsavoury suggestions come to mind by the time of the fourth hearing of this song (ingeniously entitled 'Yellow').


Thursday, September 28 2000

Purple Haze, Swoopy Maze: EMP in Review

All the fanfare in the world won’t tell you what it’s like to visit a museum. Seattle’s Experience Music Project (EMP) had


Wednesday, September 27 2000

Bigger and Bigger: Toronto International Film Festival 2000

Now that the 2000 Festival is over, there are still a few posters up, but most signs of it have been swept away by the street-cleaning crews. Some of the stars have gone home or wherever they go.


Friday, September 8 2000

The Way of the Gun: An Interview with Christopher McQuarrie

Chris McQuarrie doesn't look like someone from Hollywood. He doesn't wear black, his face is pleasant and his voice soft and deliberate, without the speed and breathlessness that afflict folks who spend too much time inside the business.


Saturday, September 2 2000

Notting Hill Carnival 2000

The last weekend of August has meant one thing and one thing only to Londoners for 36 years, the Notting Hill Carnival. This street party is


Friday, September 1 2000

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,


Thursday, August 31 2000

Nine Queens: An Interview with Director Fabián Bielinsky

Fabián Bielinsky greets me with a warm and hearty handshake.


Wednesday, August 30 2000

She Just Takes Pictures

Roberta Bayley interview


Friday, July 28 2000

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


Tuesday, July 4 2000

London: The Urban Plastic Utterance

Listening to Jamie, the lead singer of Hepburn, mangling the phrase 'Have you ever been down? / Deep deep down?' recently, you might have been forgiven for thinking that London has finally lost its privileged place in the geography of British music.


Saturday, July 1 2000

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,


Wednesday, June 7 2000

The New Cyborgs: Cyberculture and Women’s Webcams

What is so exciting about an unmade bed? And not just one unmade bed but thousands across the globe sitting in empty rooms alongside empty chairs and the tattered remains of last nights parties. These are some of the sights that have become addictive to the many people who regularly view 24-hour live Webcam sites on the Net.


Tuesday, May 30 2000

My Jewel

 Jewel’s book for me shows true poetic meaning, the type that comes from right inside you, igniting your deeper fires, and bringing forward


Saturday, May 13 2000

Memories of the Family Vacation at Gayworld

I remember all those cute lesbians. Oh yeah, and this one drag queen, pointing to another drag queen next to me who was wearing six-inch, clear plastic heels, said to her girlfriend, "You knock her over. I'll take her shoes." That was sweet.


Sunday, April 9 2000

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


Saturday, April 1 2000

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


Saturday, March 18 2000

South by Southwest 2000

One of the best things about SXSW is the way it mixes things up — musically — and brings things together, socially. People from various music-related vocations


Friday, March 17 2000

South by Southwest 2000

Last night, in a cold rain, with thunderclaps and lightening no match for the the wattage of the 100-plus bands playing in this amped-up conference-driven


Wednesday, March 15 2000

South by Southwest 2000

I'm betting that South by Southwest, "the most comprehensive music industry event of the year," will be as interesting, as complicated, as curious an event as it was the first time I went a few years ago.


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