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16 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Deconstructing the Avengers: Language Transcended ... Almost

Black Widow’s reputation for cajolery, subterfuge, coaxing, and subtle persuasion endow her with a silver tongue that almost transcends Hulk’s chaos and unbridled, unreasoning emotion.

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15 Oct 2015 // 2:00 AM

Good Christian Bad Girls: Britney Spears and Lana Del Rey

Both Lana Del Rey and Britney Spears have walked the line between virgin coquette and sexual object, and the similarities between them suggest Del Rey has taken up Spears’ mantle of good girl gone bad.

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Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet Offers Penetrating Psychological and Sociopolitical Insight

A committed feminist, Ferrante writes with often astonishing candor, even "ferocity", about women's lives, their conflicted relationships with their bodies, with each other, and with men.

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“It Can’t Just Be Killing All the Time”: Josh McDermitt of ‘The Walking Dead’

Josh McDermitt of The Walking Dead talks with PopMatters about his character Eugene, intense fan responses, and how to stay alive on AMC's hit series, now entering its sixth season.

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Conspiracy Theories and Unlimited Info: The Fall Season’s New Crop of Literal Know-It-Alls

What does the recent upswing in series with information-overloaded protagonists say about our cultural and social concerns?

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Night-Wing Media: Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart’s Lessons in Discourse

Through the levelling power of humour, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report cut through the culture's sensationalism and panic to remind us of the baseline of normality beneath all the hysteria.

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Running From Sane: An Interview with Adult Swim’s Jason DeMarco

Jason DeMarco is the man behind Adult Swim's Singles Program, was instrumental in getting Run the Jewels together, and still geeks out over Slayer. DangerDoom's album just turned 10, Singles Program 2015 just finished, and DeMarco looks back on all of it with PopMatters.

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Ryan Adams by Taylor Swift: Authoring ‘1989’

Even if you've never heard Swift's original performances, you're hearing them when you listen to Ryan Adams perform 1989.

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It’s My Life: Peter Holsapple on the Life and Death of the Continental Drifters

Peter Holsapple made some of the best records of the 1980s with the dB's. Then he joined and left R.E.M. Then he joined the Continental Drifters by accident and made some of the music he considers the most important of his life.

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“Living and Breathing”: A Conversation With Glen Hansard

With a stellar new album out now, Glen Hansard expresses gratitude for the opportunities afforded to him by the success of Once, while at the same time has his eyes firmly set on the future.

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On Evil Yogis and the Icy Silence of Yoga’s Post-Disintegration

David Gordon White's life-long research of South Asian religions reveals the dubious roots of the West's feel good contemporary yoga industry.

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12 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Deconstructing the Avengers: Good and Bad Language

From the very outset Age of Ultron was weighed down by a lot of artistic, cultural, and commercial expectations: You don't take care of this particular problem by adding more weight.

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Turning Dreams Into Reality: A Conversation with Piotr Grudziński of Riverside

Guitarist Piotr Grudziński reflects on the inspirations, processes, and intentions that make Riverside's latest opus, Love, Fear and the Time Machine, another fearless trip into its distinctive and beloved style.

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The Man That Got Away: The Life and Songs of Harold Arlen

"Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather," and "One for My Baby" are just a few of Harold Arlen's well-loved compositions. Yet his name is hardly known--except to the musicians who venerate him.

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Batman and Other Creatures of the Night

As Halloween approaches, it's time once again to think about the creatures of the night – about ghosts, vampires, werewolves and demons. It's time to think about Batman.

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9 Oct 2015 // 1:02 AM

Nothing Will Be Bigger Than Us: An Interview with HURTS

English synthpop duo HURTS have consistently delivered visuals as striking as their darkly delicious pop songs. With their latest album Surrender, US and worldwide domination just might be theirs for the taking.

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The Los Lonely Wolves, Los Lobos, Is Still Brilliantly Defying Classification

It's hard to imagine an American band that's more inventive, death-defying and affable as Los Lobos. A new book and record reveal why.

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John Scofield: A Guitar Hero for Jazz and Beyond

John Scofield's new recording, Past Present, is a revival of his very best jazz group and an affirmation that pop joy can live inside of jazz.

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“It’s the Process That’s Wonderful”: An Interview With Spooner Oldham

Spooner Oldham has built a career out of countless songwriting achievements. Now, some 40 years after his first-ever solo album came out, it's re-released, allowing a whole new generation to rediscover the greatness in Oldham's soulful sound.

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Meaning is Fleeting in ‘The Moon Sliver’

The Moon Sliver is a jigsaw puzzle constructed from jigsaw puzzles.

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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