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Fighting Words: Reading Lolita in Tehran

Orientalist fantasy? Neoconservative propaganda in a literary guise? The debate over Reading Lolita in Tehran

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The Innovators

Sometimes changing the course of modern music can be surprisingly easy. Though their names may not be laced in the stars right next to Sinatra and Dylan, these mavericks will always be remembered for breaking boundaries, stretching the definitions of genres, and rewriting what the very notion of a "pop song" is.

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29 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Sargasso Sea

The BBC-Wales version of this classic has Chai yelling, ‘Enough with the tragic mulattoes, already!’

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28 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Rebel Rebel

The time is ripe for revisiting One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, as we're all aware that individual freedoms are still being suppressed by governments around the world.

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Bleeding on the Page in the Middle of a Nervous Breakdown: Willy Vlautin’s Northline

Willy Vlautin loves the damaged people that most of us would go out of our way to avoid.

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Part One: The Icons

With DETOURS, the PopMatters staff is celebrating the strange, bizarre, lovely, and funny albums that have emerged from an artist’s desire to try something different. Some of these detours have lead to modern-day classics. Some have lead to laugh-inducing commercial disasters. And others... others are just plain weird.

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27 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Gone Festin’

Yes, communing with thousands of music fans at summer festivals is fun...for a while. But then it becomes a group of people whom you really didn't plan on spending your weekend with, unless you typically hang out with stoned 16-year olds.

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20 Questions: Vashti Bunyan

Vashti Bunyan chats with PopMatters 20 Questions about music-making at her pace, life without safety nets, and her nonconformist nature.

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24 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Brand Evangelists

Companies would like product placements in our personal narratives, and marketers are eager to show them how it can be done.

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Surviving the Net Crunch: A Practical Guide for Print Publications in a Digital World

Forget about easy answers, and don't think that the latest hip tech craze will save: PopMatters' Jason Gross offers advice for how long-running print publications can adapt to this brave new Net-driven world.

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Joe Purdy [Lowell, Arkansas]

Know it or not, odds are you've heard Joe Purdy's music on television -- but there's nothing commercial about this artist. Eschewing the lures and traps of the music industry, Purdy is blazing his own path simply for the love of song.

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23 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Give ‘Em Helvetica

The famed font aspires to eerie emptiness of meaning. Now, has it persuaded us to do the same?

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Vinyl: Got to Get You Into My Life

Maybe it's because current methods of listening aren't cutting it that I've started buying more vinyl. Not because it sounds better or evokes nostalgia, but because listening to vinyl is a more structured and formal experience.

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23 Jul 2008 // 10:59 PM

Rainyhead

When PopMatters sent two writers to cover Radiohead’s show in Virginia, we didn’t expect such divergent results. Mentally exhausting in a myriad of different ways, they report from the battle lines via text messages. Some things, apparently, shouldn’t be saved for a rainy day.

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A Clan, a Network, a Tribe, a Family

Not only does the GLBT community view itself as one movement, society has mandated that the groups are linked -- if not intentionally, then through selective exclusion.

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22 Jul 2008 // 11:00 PM

Pop Culture: Finding Meaning and Purpose in the Neighborhood

Whether intentionally spiritual or not, popular culture and its products serve many of the same drives of religion: making meaning and forging the bonds of community.

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Let’s Spice-up the 2008 Election, Iron Chef-Style

Chefs quickly manage a range of dishes, their staff swiftly execute, and the result must be excellent. Let's put McCain and Obama in aprons to see how they might really work.

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The Lioness and the Wildebeests: Tori Amos on Going Independent

Finally free from her major-label shackles, Tori Amos reflects on what went wrong during her major-label career, what she plans to do next, and how it feels becoming a comic book icon.

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Samuel Fuller, “The Poet of Potboilers”

Fuller was a playful but hard-bitten cynic who imposed his sometimes weary, whistling-past-the-graveyard worldview on all those people sitting in the dark.

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Pathways to Creation: Exploring Sacred Music in Fes, Morocco

PopMatters goes to Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to honor and share the world’s great spiritual music traditions. At this 14th annual festival, Derek Beres would hear the indigenous sounds of Vietnam, Tunisia, Norway, Pakistan, Belgium, America, and much more.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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