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Save the Drama for Your Mama

Sons and Lovers gave author D.H. Lawrence a chance to work out all his Oedipal issues. Too bad the film adaptations have been less than enlightening.

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Not a Saint (Just a Living Legend)

Lil Wayne is the best rapper in the game, and through a brilliant proliferation of mixtapes and guest spots, he's proven to be the definition of finding treasure in the journey on the way to a proper album destination.

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It Felt Fluid and Rhythmic: An Interview with Diablo Cody and Ellen Page

The story in Juno is unpredictable and touching. But Cody's dialogue is exceptional, a flurry of hip, witty words that snap and dissipate before you can accuse them of being too stylized.

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The Party of the Humans Has Left Us Hungover: An Interview with the Most Serene Republic

Ryan Lenssen nearly had his hands cut off, made his bandmates re-record the same album three times over, and says that their latest album wouldn't have been possible without the help of Ayn Rand.

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3 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Mic’d Up

Karaoke: Those who can't, do anyway; those who wish they could, only watch in mute rapture.

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Here’s the News, and All of It Is Good: An Interview with Mick Jones

The ex-Clash artist returns with a new outlook and a new means of spreading his music, but the rebelliousness remains. Jones talks to PopMatters about his new project Carbon/Silicon.

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Learning from Latin America’s Media Pirates

Today’s illicit “DVD factory” in a corner of Paraguay might tomorrow become a node in a democratic, grassroots distribution network for Latin American media.

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Berlin Alexanderplatz

Berlin Alexanderplatz, both serial film and novel, are essential to knowing Rainer Werner Fassbinder.

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George Formby: Tangled in the Roots of British Rock Humor

Full of cheeky wordplay and double entendres, Formby continually tweaked the sensibilities of the staunchly conservative British establishment with saucy narratives that left little to the imagination.

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Frank Sinatra: A Voice in Time (1939-1952)

Sinatra's reputation was a victim of the changing times, and I don't think it's possible to overstate the effect that this transition has had upon the perception of his music.

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29 Nov 2007 // 9:59 PM

E.L. Doctorow Has His Splendid Crow’s-Nest

When it comes to beholding America, E.L. Doctorow always wants the masthead seat. And makes the most of it.

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New American Gladiators: The Rise of Mixed Martial Arts

Initially seen as little more than back alley brawlers scrapping for beer money, MMA has found sporting legitimacy in meteoric fashion – this kind of fighting offers a truly global and democratic way to kick someone's ass.

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3rd Day Syndrome [London]

3rd Day Syndrome has infected London audiences with their singular style of funk, rock, and soul, all while adhering to a contemporary independent, DIY ethos. Could the U.S. be close behind?

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Let Me Into Your Mind: How J.Ralph Changed My Life

Evan Sawdey gives his personal take on the familiar tale of first musical love, explaining how stumbling across the work of under-the-radar musician J.Ralph opened up new doors into a consciousness of music's capabilities.

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Business is Still Good: Inside Megadeth’s Warchest

With 11 studio albums behind them, including the very good United Abominations this past summer, Megadeth's sound has become so ubiquitous that it's easy to forget just how unique they sounded when they started making waves in the metal scene more than two decades ago.

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New Ground: An Interview with PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey talks to PopMatters about her haunting new album, learning piano by ear, limitless imagination, and why she decided to do a string of solo shows to bring White Chalk to her fans.

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27 Nov 2007 // 9:59 PM

Brave New World

Naomi Klein convincingly argues in her crushingly pessimistic but magisterial work The Shock Doctrine that the future could well be a "cruel and ruthlessly divided" place where "money and race buy survival".

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26 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Hooked by Antique Lures

Who is more captive to the prized antique fishing lure, fish or fisherman? With fishing, what you catch, or what catches your fancy, is not always in the water.

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26 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Unscene

Is it possible to make pop music without concern that it's popular? A look at paradoxes of home recording.

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The Ghost Whisperer’s Television Whisperer

Reasons to watch Jennifer Love Hewitt in 'Ghost Whisperer', ways to detect rounded characters on a flat screen, and why I should be called 'Television Whisperer'.

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