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Slain Journalist’s Open Letter Tackles Racism, Islamophobia, and Free Speech

For all its infamy, few outside of France really understand what Charlie Hebdo is all about. A manifesto posthumously published by its editor, offers insights.

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“To Make the Most of the Moments”: Interview with Filmmaker Suzanne Crocker

Suzanne Crocker and her family spent spend nine months in the bush in a small cabin with no electricity, no running water, and no clocks. She did however, bring a camera.

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Older, Wiser, Stronger: The Return of Sasha Bell and the Essex Green

A fixture on the indie pop/psych scene for years on her own and as part of the Essex Green and Ladybug Transistor, Sasha Bell was highly regarded by critics and fans. Then, she all but disappeared from music. Now, she and the Essex Green are poised for a comeback. What took so long?

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The Object Withdraws in Obduracy: Thoughts on Richard Tuttle’s ‘The Critical Edge’

What's critical about cast-off pieces of fabric? Is Richard Tuttle's The Critical Edge merely ironic hyperbole?

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All You Need Is ‘Love’: A Conversation With Film and Television Composer Lyle Workman

Lyle Workman discusses his self-surprising music career and how he now departs for unmapped terrain with the new Netflix series, Love.

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8 May 2016 // 8:00 AM

Where Have All the Mothers Gone?

Mothers must be dealt with if we are to get on with the business of growing up.

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Britta Phillips Finally Steps Out on Her Own

After many years collaborating with others, the Luna bassist unveils her first-ever solo record Luck or Magic.

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Socialist Solutions for America’s Problems

A growing array of America’s leading thinkers and activists have gone from critiquing the excesses of capitalism to charting the future of American socialism.

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Portraiture in a Human Form: An Interview with Aesop Rock

Aesop Rock: "I think I'm always surprised at how much the musicians I meet put weight on things that aren't music."

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3 May 2016 // 1:30 AM

Curious Them: An Interview with Rogue Wave

With their best, freshest album just out, Zach Rogue talks '80s music, theremins, and fatherhood with PopMatters.

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2 May 2016 // 7:23 AM

Daredevil’s Meditations on Morality

Daredevil is the first live action comic book hero we have seen in recent memory with a strong religious conviction.

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How to Save the Media (and Democracy)

The system of media and journalism on which our democracy relies is under threat. French economist Julia Cage surveys the scale of the crisis and proposes a unique solution.

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29 Apr 2016 // 1:00 AM

Prince and Michael Jackson: The Rivalry and the Revolution

Deemed As polar opposites by the media, part of what made the Prince v Jackson rivalry so compelling was their similarities.

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It’s Okay to Change: A Conversation With David Brewis of Field Music

David Brewis discusses Field Music's new album, his parents' record collection, being in a band with family, and music nerd inside-baseball.

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27 Apr 2016 // 1:00 AM

We Have Never Been Human

Within our bodies, single-celled organisms outnumber cells that we identify as human DNA ten to one. We're merely a colony within a colony within a colony.

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On Going Preadolescent Batshit With Prince’s ‘Batman’

Prince was my chaperone away from the music of my parents’ generation towards something forbidden, dangerous, pleasurable, weird, and shockingly modern.

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Kanye and Mingus: Gifted, Complicated and Proud of It

Charles Mingus and Kanye West represent an extreme form of the complicated-and-proud-of-it black man, within a society that prefers its black men as uncomplicated and untroubling as possible.

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Movie Time: Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-winning ‘The Flick’ Transfers to the National Theatre

Funny, sorrowful, quietly subversive, and a film nerd’s wet dream, Annie Baker’s Pulitzer-prize-winning play mines humour and pathos.

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4 the Tears in Your Eyes: Remembering Prince

A reflection on the life and death of Prince, one of popular music's greatest artists.

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21 Apr 2016 // 8:14 AM

‘Archer’, Season Seven, and the Fantasies of Success

Apolitical Archer eases into its seventh season with the same dedication to parody and fantasy that's always characterized the series.

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