Recent Features

8 Feb 2009 // 7:59 PM

Shirt Happens

Are CNN journalists writing news headlines these days, or t-shirt slogans?

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Conversing with Rudy Wurlitzer: ‘A Beaten-up Old Scribbler’

My conversations with Rudy Wurlitzer were not unlike a road journey itself with plenty of unplanned side trips along the way.

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M for Montréal - Leonard Cohen Eats There

Montréal may sit a mere 37 miles north of the American border and, for me, a short 90-minute flight from Philadelphia, yet the former Canadian capital really is a world away. PopMatters visits the M for Montréal in search of great new Canadian music and the soul of a city.

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Marty Beckerman and America’s Dumbocracy

“When you say more rash and outlandish things you get heard and when you say more nuanced things your voice gets drowned out.”

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Taken: Daddy Tortures Best

Mill's towering righteousness is just too much for this weak little film, whose only interest is in affirming the white patriarchal prerogative.

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4 Feb 2009 // 8:00 PM

Doomed to Dilettantism

Information has never been easier to come by, yet it's never been harder to turn information into knowledge.

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Stuff White People Like: A Theory of the Liberal Leisure Class

"Look at our generation … Stuff is all we have … It's not a display of wealth. It's about a display of authenticity and taste."

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Across the Universe, for the Sixth Time

This year's globalFEST was punctuated by performances from Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, La Troba Kung-Fu, Kailash Kher, Watcha Clan, and others -- a brave journey through the world of sounds, guided by open minds and big hearts.

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3 Feb 2009 // 8:00 PM

In the Far-Off Sweet Forever

Columbia has released some of Dylan's best unissued material, but there's much more out there, an internet search away. Should you even bother with such forbidden fruit?

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Rossellini and the Filter of Neo-Realism

These films flaunt their artifice and yet there are moments when something else emerges -- some rarefied emotion that we connect to reality.

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2 Feb 2009 // 8:00 PM

Concert Overload

Free-for-all shows are like a "cool" parent trying to be your friend, instead of your authority figure. While it seems like a good situation at first -- no curfew, no rules -- you realize, eventually, that what it really needs is some structure.

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Adventures in Solitude: An Interview With A.C. Newman

Somehow Newman fits American literature, modern Swiss sculpture, and classic international cinema into a conversation about his latest work.

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Hank’s Other Side: Religion, Radio, and the Roots of Country Music

Hank Williams' recordings for WSM's Mother's Best Flour radio show challenge the modern listener's idea that country music reserves Jesus for Sunday morning.

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The New Golden Age of British TV Comedy

Every once in awhile, Britain rules over America. The Office, Spaced, Coupling and other British shows are gradually narrowing the Atlantic-sized gap between the United States and England.

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20 Questions: Max & Jason

Al 'Gore’s Boys’ and Current TV producers and hosts Max Lugavere and Jason Silva chat with PopMatters 20 Questions about enthusiasm-inducing people and things.

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29 Jan 2009 // 8:00 PM

Art Imitates Death

One of the misconceptions that Graeme Thomson deals with in his book I Shot a Man in Reno is that music about death is somehow out of the norm. In fact, death finds its way into pretty much every type of music.

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Needles in the Haystack

To supplement our list of favorite 25 singles, we offer a quick look at a handful of under-appreciated gems in the Motown catalog.

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What It Was Like

In the early '80s Detroit, Motown was as unquestionable as air. Who didn't like air?

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Killing for Coal: An Interview with Thomas G. Andrews

Andrews' book distinguishes itself from conventional labor histories by going beyond sociological factors to look at the total physical environment and the role it played in the lives of both labor and management, and how it would lead to the Ludlow Massacre of 1914.

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A Perverted Perception of Movies

The success or failure of The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema hinges greatly on what one thinks of Slavoj Zizek's free-range associations on desire, blood, human waste, castration, and social control in films.

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Playing to Lose: The Tragedy of 'This Is the Police'

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"Video gamers are not accustomed to playing to lose.

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