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Tuesday, November 27 2007

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".


Thursday, November 15 2007

Olaf Stapledon: Of His Time, and Others

To sit and complain about the lack of credit Stapledon receives is to undermine the very principle for which he was writing about: mankind's yearning for community.


Monday, November 12 2007

After the Silicon Rush

In the 20-plus years since cyberpunk threw down a gauntlet to science fiction and stormed the cultural gates, its vision has been praised, criticized, absorbed, and integrated into the mainstream. Does post-cyberpunk have something new to offer?


Wednesday, October 31 2007

Michel Faber’s Fantasies

"My fiction should make the reader want to grab some of these characters and shout, 'No, no, can't you see it's not LIKE that?!'"


Tuesday, October 16 2007

Literature is Inside of Life Just Like a Tree is Inside of Life

Tao Lin has developed his own unmistakable and unique style by utilizing a contagiously honest way of writing. Marcelo Ballvé discusses Bed and Eeeee eee eeee with the author.


Thursday, September 27 2007

Allen Ginsberg: The Politics of Ecstasy

Ginsberg had an eye that took in a world full of lovers and low-lifes -- each, for him, was a song waiting to be sung.


Monday, September 17 2007

Celebrating Bogie

Film historian Richard Schickel fails to pay tribute to Bogie in a recent book. PopMatters' John Carvill takes matters into his own hands.


Sunday, August 26 2007

Wyndham Lewis: The Irascible Enemy

Wyndham Lewis brought a scintillating intellect to his artistic endeavors. If only we could let him loose on the majority culture of our time.


Wednesday, August 1 2007

Like a Boyd on a Wire

PopMatters talks to Joe Boyd, a man at the center of the folk, rock and blues scenes of the 1960s who lived to tell the tale. "The whole notion of folk music and an appreciation of things that are more rural and more traditional and more rustic than our lives are now is the privilege of the middle class."


Monday, July 30 2007

The Boy Who Lives On: Harry Potter’s Place in Popular Culture

Harry Potter flew so high in popular cultural consciousness not by some force of magic, but by the simple, sometimes thrilling machinations of pop culture.


Wednesday, July 25 2007

A Darwin Descends on Dover ID Trial: Conversation and Criticism with Matthew Chapman

Chapman's latest book, 40 Days and 40 Nights succeeds in unearthing optimism in America's roots and finds their original faith: Freedom.


Monday, July 23 2007

A Lost Cause: Tim Weiner’s History of the C.I.A.

Deep down, most of us probably know that the Central Intelligence Agency can't be nearly as cool as our popular media would have us believe.


Monday, July 16 2007

Work, the Sequel

Most people don't have the luxury of choosing to bail from a high-paying job to live the stressed-out, pizza-scarfing life of a grad student.


Wednesday, July 11 2007

Nerdfighter Lit: Interview with John Green

"I would also argue, and no one agrees with me on this but I will argue it anyway, that not all "young adult" novels are about teenagers." PopMatters talks to John Green about literature, pop culture, and all those Katherines.


Thursday, May 24 2007

Redemption Song: On the Other Hand… [1988–1989]

"Music's got shit, Thatcher became God, ninety percent of the papers are right-wing and brown-nosing." -- Joe Strummer to Carol Clerk in Melody Maker interview.


Wednesday, May 23 2007

Redemption Song: Anger Was Cooler [1982-1984]

"(Joe) seemed this sad, lonely figure, confused with life, Hank Williams playing on his ghetto blaster in the background. I felt sorry for him." -- Mark Cooper, Record Mirror


Tuesday, May 22 2007

Redemption Song: Red Hand of Fate [1979]

Johnny Greene and a roadie... found a rehearsal room... (it) was at the rear of a garage, the kind of premises you might see in American gangster films as heists are planned... Here, hunkered together with no visible means of financial support, the Clash would rigorously write and rehearse the new songs that would emerge as London Calling, which time would judge one of the finest rock 'n' roll albums ever made...


Monday, May 21 2007

Redemption Song: Under Heavy Manners [1976-1977]

"... people like Joe Strummer... were like the punk intelligentsia, they were the thinkers... (Joe) knew all the cultural and literary references, all the revolutionary references, and he put it all into context... there's a lot more ideas (sic) in one of Joe's rhyming couplets than there are in some people's entire albums..." -- Don Williams


Sunday, May 20 2007

Redemption Song: Straight to Heaven [2002]

"...I learned that fame is an illusion and everything about it is just a joke. I'm far more dangerous now, because I don't care at all." -- Joe Strummer


Thursday, April 5 2007

Long Zoom: Interview with Steven Johnson

"My editor said, 'Yeah, it's like Emergence if the slime molds started killing people in chapter four.' And that became my mantra as I was writing it: 'Just think Emergence with killer slime molds and you're golden.'" PopMatters talks to Ghost Map author, Steven Johnson.


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