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The Mean Streets of Public Television

Oscar the Grouch and Miss Piggy roll up their sleeves for this latest battle in the culture wars: the controversial lyrics of "Elmo's Song".

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13 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Bottom of the Barrel

Confiscate their laptops: the worst writing of the year.

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13 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Getting to Know You

In the blogging stage of the information age, there's no reason to not know what the GLBT community is all about.

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Hospitals and Baseball Games: An Interview with Magnolia Electric Co.

Jason Molina seems to write more often than he changes recording names, and the result is a recent box set from Magnolia Electric Co.

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13 Jan 2008 // 8:58 PM

Other Arts

Fine writing outside of music but still bearing on music.

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10 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

A Gallery of Good Works: The Best Films of 2007

From Julian Schnabel's artsy The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the legendary Coen Brothers splendid adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's No Country for Old Men, PopMatters counts down the 30 best films of 2007.

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10 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Ask an African

Africa will play an increasingly pivotal role in world affairs this year, and not just because a guy whose dad was Kenyan is running for President of the United States.

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10 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Super Duper Bad: The Worst Films of 2007

From Good Luck Chuck to Julie Taymor's ill-advised Beatlesque '60s tribute Across the Universe, PopMatters presents the dreck of 2007.

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All Around the World: The Best International/Indie Films of 2007

Beginning and ending with the superlative filmmaking of Jia Zhang-ke, traversing the nooks and crannies of the globe, PopMatters presents the 20 best international and indie films of 2007.

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Seven Silver Linings for 2007

For the true sports fan, amidst all the drugs, malfeasance, infidelity, greed and inhumanity -- hope is a most important thing.

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Sufficiently Forward-Looking: An Interview with Einstürzende Neubauten

The singer and lyricist gives his take on the music-industrial complex, including the challenge of visiting the United States.

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8 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Female

From the most sweetly nuanced performance of Jennifer Jason Leigh's career to Cate Blanchett's revelatory portrayal of Bob Dylan in I'm Not There, the women of 2007 were stellar.

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8 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Performance Art: The Best Acting of 2007 - Male

From the tender and eerie precision of Sam Riley's depiction of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in Control to yet another superlative performance by Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood, PopMatters highlights the best male actors of 2007.

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Don’t Let It Spoil Your Appetite

Ever try adding a pound of sugar to that roasting chicken? Modern trends in cooking are blurring the boundaries between dessert and dinner.

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7 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Mike Huckabee’s Family Guy Values

The bass-playing presidential hopeful from Arkansas loves pop culture and Chuck Norris. Has Huckabee made irony the stalking horse for social conservatism?

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DJing the Weather Report

What is the sound of flowers blooming? How does one match an oncoming storm with sonic accuracy?

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6 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Dyke-Alikes

Welcome to an alternate universe populated entirely by middle-aged lesbians the likes of Robert Redford, Barry Manilow, Al Franken, and Kim Jong-il.

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6 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Part 1: Best and Worst Openers

Remember when the White Stripes opened for Sleater-Kinney? How about when the Shins opened for Modest Mouse? Door times are for the birds, but sometimes it does pay to show up early.

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The Best Film Obsessions in 2007

Whether by luck or some kind of hive rejuvenation, 2007 saw a whole lot of terrific American movies.

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6 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Just One of the “Schlubs”

A walk on the down and out side, sans music soundtrack and poetic interpretation.

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Is Black Widow Still a Hero? Dissecting the Misogynistic Outrage Against the Avengers

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"Black Widow may very well be the pinnacle of the modern action heroine, so why is there so much backlash about her role in the new Avengers film?

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