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January - March 1999: Britney Spears to Blur

PopMatters turns 10 this year and to celebrate we are looking back at the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Today we kick things off with albums from January through March, highlighted by Eminem's debut and stellar pop from Wilco and Blur.

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Bumming Smokes in Paris and London: George Orwell’s Obsession with Tobacco

Cigarette smoke so permeates George Orwell’s stories it almost leaves stains on one’s fingers when reading his books.

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Ingmar Bergman: No Man is an Island

Bergman’s need to honor, discover and examine his intrinsic connection to women is quite simple: all men are influenced by women.

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18 Jun 2009 // 8:59 PM

Primavera Sound: On the Beach

Providing the perfect midway point between British and American festivals, Primavera Sound really is the best of both worlds.

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‘Have Gun - Will Travel’: Return to Fort Benjamin

With attempted justifications of military torture on our minds, Retro Remote heads back to the '50s TV Western to find a surprisingly tough moral stance on the U.S. military's destruction of human dignity and dehumanisation of 'enemy combatants'.

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The New Games Journalism

The most useful moments for New Games Journalists are ones that occur in multiplayer, describing experiences that could never occur during just a general session of play.

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The History of Comic Conventions

This edition of "Iconographies" looks at the rise in popularity of the comics convention, and the pop-cultural changes conventions have brought to comics.

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Out of Tune and ‘Amplified’

As George Orwell said, “Nearly every book is capable of arousing passionate feeling, even if it is only a passionate dislike.”

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16 Jun 2009 // 9:00 PM

Dinosaur, Sr. or, Growing Old with (Prog) Rock and Roll

As part of his own personal “See ‘em While They’re Still Standing” 2008-2009 Tour -- tracking how his old music heroes are aging -- one PopMatters writer checks in on Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood.

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The Power of Story in the Digital Age

In an age where Twitter and Google seem to be taking over the world, how do people communicate information in a meaningful and memorable manner? They tell a story.

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Goatwhore: Crazed Endurance

One listen to Sammy Duet's masterful riffing is enough to send the most fussy metal aficionado into paroxysms of headbanging ecstasy.

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Screaming In Digital: The New Media Generation’s Inner War

Both Twitter and Facebook are attempts to inject organic humanity into the cold, artificial realm of networking technologies -- our humanity cannot survive the conversion process.

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20 Questions: Crayton Robey

The Boys in the Band defined a moment in LGBT history. Crayton Robey explores that history in Making the Boys, which debuted at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Surfing Alone: Is Digital Technology Destroying Relationships?

On the Internet, we must continually ask ourselves what we are doing, to borrow Twitter's slogan, which sounds at turns like a taunt, a greeting, and an admonishment from God.

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Like Tiny Bacteria Running Around: An Interview with the Dirty Projectors

The Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth discusses Bitte Orca, his recent collaborations with Björk and David Byrne and the art of discharging firearms in Canadian shopping malls.

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On the Sixth Day God Created Man…chester: Part 1

Boasting a plethora of bands whose creative imaginations have invariably left legacies of influence, pound-for-pound Manchester is the world’s greatest rock city.

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Love Your Big Brother: What Orwell’s ‘1984’ Tells Us About 2009

George Orwell’s seminal book can equip its readers with the intellectual apparatus necessary to see through the routine mendacity and stupefying barrage of euphemism that plagues contemporary political life.

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Be Yourself and Be Free: An Interview with Patrick Wolf

The Bachelor might be a lonely work, but family, fashion, politics, and even a little voyeurism are behind Patrick Wolf's new album.

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Great Vibrations: An Interview with Gary Burton

Our jazz critic talks to Gary Burton about his reunion with Pat Metheny, about starting a "gentle" jazz-rock group, and that no one seems to know what a "vibraphone" really is.

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10 Jun 2009 // 9:00 PM

“I Am Mr. Right?”: The Manic Pixie Dream Guy

Where in the movies were the dreamy tropes who wanted to pull a girl from the depths of her post grad-school crisis and lived for nothing more than doing a silly dance for her?

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'Supernatural': Mary Comes Clean, Gavin Goes Home in the Middling "Family Feud"

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"The episode reveals some key plot points in a family-themed episode that resolves itself far too easily.

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