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Wednesday, April 23 2008

Painfully Masculine: An Interview with Benjamin Percy

With the rise of the metrosexual and the fall of the patriarchal society, some men, lost in a gray zone, compensate by joining Gold’s Gym, screaming at Packers games, and driving big-ass Hummers


Tuesday, April 22 2008

The Ten-Cent Plague: Revisiting the 20th-Century Comic Book Scare

In this illuminating work, critic David Hajdu revisits the boycotts, bans, and congressional hearings that disenfranchised hundreds of artists and ended the golden days of the comic book industry.


Tuesday, April 15 2008

Who Says Libraries Are Just About Books?

Quiet, Please author Scott Douglas speaks out about the future of libraries, being played by Oprah in the movie version, and his recent library-themed wedding.


Sunday, April 6 2008

The Solitary Vice: Remove the ‘Guilt’ from ‘Guilty Pleasures’

PopMatters unveils its first book, The Solitary Vice: Against Reading, by Mikita Brottman, in this first excerpt and author interview. Brottman wonders, Just what's so great about reading, anyway?


Thursday, April 3 2008

Beyond Love: The Wisdom of Love in the Time of Cholera

Gabriel García Márquez knew that love, like cholera, strikes unexpectedly, renders the body powerless, and is blind to class or race.


Thursday, March 20 2008

In Print and In Conversation: Rocco Versaci

Surprising though it may be to PopMatters readers, there are those who still feel that a taste for comic books is a sign of arrested development, or wasted youth.


Sunday, March 16 2008

20 Questions: Jeanette Winterson

Jeanette Winterson's philosophy, as revealed in her response to PopMatters 20 Questions, seems to be: let Art engage and challenge you, and engage yourself artfully, in turn.


Thursday, March 6 2008

Service, with a Smile

If Service Included seems at first the wide-eyed induction of a culinary virgin to fine food, it quickly evolves into a circus of pleasures and absurdities experienced on the dining room floor.


Tuesday, March 4 2008

Historian: Interview with Brian Garfield

"I think that, except for its ludicrous violence toward the end, the Death Sentence movie does depict its character's decline and the stupidity of vengeful vigilantism." Death Wish creator Brian Garfield talks to PopMatters about remakes, sequels, writing, and the meaning of vengeance.


Wednesday, February 20 2008

A Cooler Head Prevails

A humane and practical corrective to an argument that has grown far too overheated, Cool It is a breath of fresh air that needs to be read by everyone who fears for the future of our world.


Thursday, January 31 2008

PopMatters Picks: Best of Books 2007

Memoirs of astounding heartbreak, apocalyptic analysis of the economy, the environment, and the future... looking back at 2007 books, eh, we've seen worse.


Tuesday, December 11 2007

Love, Blood, and the Art of Sports Writing

The hallmark of good sports writing is that it rarely confines itself to the action on the field. You rarely see that peddled in most daily sports pages.


Thursday, November 29 2007

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.


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.


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