Thursday, February 24 2005
News today, even when it's basically right-wing propaganda and lies, makes a point of telling you how fair and even and balanced it is. Thompson knew better.
He was a liar, a cheat, a drug addict, an alcoholic, a violent and temperamental person, and he was a brilliant writer -- a funny writer, a creator of masterful, thought provoking analysis and social dissections.
Easy Rider with a pen, Hunter S. Thompson personified the power of journalism by challenging authority on a multitude of fronts.
Fear and Loathing in Pittsburgh (or, “These Things Don’t ‘Just Happen’”): Dr. Hunter S. Thompson 193
Hunter spoke his mind. He loved peacocks and firearms. He lived out in Woody Creek in Aspen, Colorado, a town where he almost became sheriff in 1970 when he ran under the Freak Party. Can you imagine if the man had been president?
Thompson possessed a singular voice, one influenced by his various delusions perhaps, but not bound to them.
Monday, February 21 2005
Hunter S. Thompson, was, in many ways, the embodiment of the true American Spirit: a gun-toting, drug-ingesting, beyond blue-and-red, sane lunatic.
The problem was the '60s. Even as that hoary decade recedes faster and faster into the past, the red-shift switching to magenta and eventually to a deep painful purple, the echoes of lingering culture war still hang in the air like cordite.
Friday, February 18 2005
From cheap pulp to classic literature, The Maltese Falcon has come along way in 75 years. Nicholas Taylor takes a look back at Dashiell Hammett's hardboiled tale with one quesion in mind -- does Sam Spade still thrill?
Tuesday, February 15 2005
Arthur Miller stood against them all with the righteous outrage of the individual with both eyes open.
Monday, February 14 2005
Casanova's charm is that he's a bad boy with a streak of empathy, a renegade who worships the ideal of love, even if he's a merciless failure in upholding it. He's the original player long before Andre 3000 came out with The Love Below.
I promise you, there will be things done on a chiropractor's table that will have you looking for one in the phone book. If this doesn't get you fired up for Valentine's Day, nothing will.
Tuesday, January 11 2005
While we may have a few of these types of big-hitters on our combined lists, PopMatters' ultra-eclectic league of book reviewers have, for the most part, steered clear of praising the already over praised.
Monday, November 22 2004
Max Barry has been called this generation's answer to George Orwell. But how bleak is his vision of the future, really? PopMatters books critic Nikki Tranter investigates.
Tuesday, November 9 2004
Ah, the legacy of S.E. Hinton, young adult fiction writer extraordinaire. Her books will forever be associated with adolescence for scores of readers.
Tuesday, September 14 2004
Marc Acito, a humor columnist, whose syndicated column 'The Gospel According to Marc,' appears in 18 newspapers nationwide.
Monday, April 12 2004
British author Tibor Fischer talks to PopMatters about his new book Voyage to the End of the Room and how London is becoming a 'hellhole'.
Saturday, February 7 2004
Since concluding his music/book tour, Pollack sat down with PopMatters to discuss his new book, the art of parody, favorite music and what exactly the author's role is in a media-rich society.
Fed up with women's literature creating heroes out of lazy women who lie, cheat and steal to reach the top, Claire LaZebnik decided it was time to take a look at the other side of the coin.
Monday, January 19 2004
The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem (Doubleday)In The Fortress of Solitude, Jonathan Lethem triumphs in several different areas. He masterfully evokes the ‘70s
This project began as a quest to find the best true crime books of the year. Believe us, we sifted through all manner of junk to make this list. It was worth it, though, because along the way we discovered some modern-day classics.