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Monday, May 14 2012

20 Questions: Kate Bornstein

"I was a Scientologist for 12 years, which is a lot more embarrassing than saying Hi, I’m a transsexual SM dyke living with borderline personality disorder," Kate Bornstein tells PopMatters 20 Questions on the release of her memoir, A Queer and Pleasant Danger.


Thursday, April 26 2012

The Sklar Brothers: The Hardest-Working Twins in Showbiz

In the time it took you to finish this sentence, Randy and Jason Sklar have already come up with 10 jokes about LeBron James.


Sunday, April 15 2012

If You Had Ears, You Could Not Ignore It: Mainstream Responses to Punk

When punk assailed pop in the late '70s, established artists faced a choice: respond with conviction or face irrelevance.


Wednesday, March 14 2012

Revisiting ‘The Bodyguard’: A Romantic Blockbuster for Adults

The legacy of the The Bodyguard, beyond the greatness of Whitney, the vision of Kasdan, and the wisdom of Costner, is that it's possible to please the public and produce profit on a massive scale by intelligently presenting the complexities of adult love.


Tuesday, February 28 2012

Bill Frisell on John Lennon: Talking About ‘All We Are Saying’

The unique jazz guitarist talks about All We Are Saying -- his recent cover album of 16 John Lennon tunes -- as well as how the Beatles changed his life, and how back in the day, owning an instrument meant you were automatically in a band.


Monday, February 20 2012

Man and Mega Man: Better Living Through Retro Game Demos on YouTube

Mega Man blipped back to his control center and I blipped too. I got pulled out of myself, out of my kitchen, and was thrust back into something wholly new yet remarkably the same. This is not the story of my decline. This is the story of how to make it through life without taking any damage.


Monday, February 13 2012

My Indie Is Not a Centerfold, Nor Is It Indie

What has come to be known as indie music cannot be recorded and released in places where people are absolutely independent. We need to start thinking -- really, seriously thinking -- about how something that is supposed to be inherently independent can be so dependent on so much else.


Monday, February 6 2012

Mitt Romney Can Reside at Today’s Proverbial ‘Downton Abbey’... Newt Gingrich Cannot

Downton Abbey reveals not only the play of chance that often confounds choice, but the power of social class to confine choice within established boundaries -- and we're comfortable with that.


Wednesday, February 1 2012

After Cease to Exist: The Far-from-Final Report of Throbbing Gristle

After a British government official declared them "Wreckers of Civilization", Throbbing Gristle understood their mission -- to destroy the Control society.


Tuesday, January 24 2012

Circling the Sun Machine: Re-thinking David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’

Bowie's odd magnetism has long been interpreted as a function of his ambiguous sexuality, but could it be that he was transgressing more than just gender norms and heralding the rise of the man/machine?


Tuesday, January 17 2012

Writing the Story of the World (and Wearing It, Too!)

This is a force of energy with a lot of moving parts. The goal is to write the story of the world.


Monday, January 2 2012

Occupying Video: The Underbelly of Globalization Caught on Camera

Occupy Wall Street's strength might be how it enables diverse constituencies to seize upon its imagery and message to engage with social justice concerns, both on the ground and within the video.


Tuesday, November 22 2011

The Revolution Will Be Amplified: Is the Occupy Movement Liberating Music?

Forty years from now, people will be writing books on the art and music, literature and culture that came out of the Occupy Wall Street / Occupy Everything movements.


Monday, October 17 2011

‘Screamadelica’ and the Altered State

In the context of Primal Scream's prior and subsequent career, Screamadelica is a miracle.


Sunday, October 16 2011

The Last Bullfight in Catalonia

The bullfighter, who only minutes beforehand faced death with grace and fearlessness, covers his face and begins to cry. He is the triumphant hero of a collective failure.


Monday, October 3 2011

20 Questions: William Shatner

William Shatner, Captain Kirk, Cultural Icon Extraordinaire. Shatner Rules. Like all great American actors – he’s not American. We’re not even sure he’s human. We’re certain, however, that he’s The Captain of Everything -- not least PopMatters 20 Questions.


Wednesday, September 21 2011

Michael Has Issues: A Sad Sad Conversation with Michael Ian Black

Michael Ian Black -- of The State, Stella, and Michael & Michael Have Issues fame -- discusses his new album, Very Famous, and connecting to people through sad, sad conversations ...


Monday, September 19 2011

Five Ways to Kill a Hipster? A Critique of Anti-Hipsterism

When men and/or white people, with gender and racial power over their counterparts, ridicule these cultural acts with disregard for what they mean to the originators, then an anti-hipster response has the capacity to be racist and sexist.


Wednesday, September 14 2011

With Our Help, You Can Have It All: The Depressing Rhetoric of Unemployment TV’s Commercials

Viewers of daytime TV are perceived to be losers in need of services (mostly legal), because they don't seem willing to make long-term decisions or capable of helping themselves.


Wednesday, September 7 2011

The Contagious Age: Overwhelmed by Vampires, Viruses, and Zombies in the 21st Century

Contagion is the dominant horror of the 21st century, an era marked by epidemics of terror, war, and economic crisis.


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