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Defending Chicago’s ‘Defender’

It's possible to trace much of 20th Century America’s history through the pages of the Defender, a local paper with a national impact.

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A Contract With the Devil (and Other Monsters): Netflix’s ‘House of Cards’

House of Cards is less a political series and more of an invasion narrative representing some of America's worst fears.

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However Living Better Now: An Interview with Rob Crow

Rob Crow of Pinback talks with PopMatters about the music industry, getting in shape, sleeping at night, and returning to the road with new group Rob Crow's Gloomy Place.

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Watching People Play: An Introduction to Board Game Videography

Doug Mann offers a brief introduction to the best video reviews and playthroughs of board games available on YouTube and Vimeo.

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1 Mar 2016 // 3:00 AM

‘Show Me a Hero’ and I’ll Write You a Springsteen Song

Show Me a Hero's brilliant use of Springsteen’s music deepens both the characterization of the series’ central characters and the situations in which they are embroiled.

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I Want You to Give Me Enough Time: An Interview with Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean's bassist Julia Cumming explains why NYC's hottest band won’t "cater to the super-snobby purist music world".

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Bound to Meet the Devil: An Interview With Soul Singer Extraordinaire Julie Rhodes

Two years ago, Rhodes was working at an ice cream parlor. Now, she's on the verge of releasing her debut album, an 11-track opus of powerhouse Americana and blues with grit and political edge.

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What Does Randy Newman Say When He Talks With God?

One of the less celebrated satirists of religion, a study of some of Randy Newman's key songs reveals a subtle subversive at work.

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23 Feb 2016 // 3:30 AM

Anger Is an Energy: My Life Uncensored

Recalling his hard, young life John Lydon writes, "Imagine the joy of eventually joining the Sex Pistols, and making the world a better place – in a very vengeful way."

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Ametora: When Cultural Appropriation Becomes Fashionable

The insightful new study, Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style, demonstrates how Japan beat American fashion at its own game

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22 Feb 2016 // 3:00 AM

What Kind of Media Game Is Lana Del Rey Playing?

Semioticians must love decoding Del Rey's sophisticated play of metaphor and imagery, which tap into eternal themes of sex, love and violence.

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“Though This Be Madness, Yet There Is Method In’t”: Speculating on Adaptations of Shakespeare

Could Joss Whedon's next Shakespearean film be a sort of Boardwalk Empire meets Hamlet? Or a Chinese infused space western 'verse of Firefly: The Good, The Bard, and the Powerful Ugly?

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18 Feb 2016 // 3:30 AM

E.T. Was Gay

Steven Spielberg's most child-friendly blockbuster primed a generation to be more accepting of homosexuality.

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Happy Hour With Alec and Amy: Amy Schumer on ‘Here’s the Thing’

Baldwin's macho persona and Schumer's self-deprecating comedy awkwardly and uncomfortably collide due to Baldwin’s highly gendered interview style.

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As Good As Gold: Lio’s Subversive Euro-Pop

In true Euro-pop fashion, Lio's marriage of risqué innuendo and brightly-coloured pop during the '80s resounded fashionably with the French.

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The Legends of Bruiser Brody: An Interview with Emerson Murray

Bruiser Brody was one of the most brutal professional wrestlers in the world, but a tragic passing made one writer explore his quieter, more humane aspects.

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On Writing the Hidden History of American Women’s Lives

Sonja Livingston uses poetic essays to breathe life into some of America’s most remarkable, and little known, women.

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I Will Never Be Alone Again: Periscope and the End of Creative Solitude

Periscope brings you the world as a sandbox, filmed through an army of camera phones. Being alone will never be the same, again.

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Alinea Emphasizes Ideology: You Have No Choice But to Think While You Eat

Alinea is my kind of noun, shot through with an intentionality so thorough in its precision and detail that it teeters wonderfully on the edge between magic and psychosis.

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The Day the Specials Kicked Their Doc Martens Boots Against the Door

The ska revival kicked to life by the Specials blended previous subcultural styles in their own Cuisinart: Kingston, Jamaica, Mod, Skinhead and Jamaican rude-boy.

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The Vast Loneliness of 'No Man's Sky'

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"You cannot escape yourself in No Man's Sky. There is little to do but analyze the self.

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