Thursday, April 16 2009
More than a decade after its debut, Neon Genesis Evangelion continues to reign as a cultural icon in Japan. Understanding how it made such a lasting impact gives us a window onto Japanese social history and fandom.
Sunday, April 12 2009
Perhaps Slumdog Millionaire is an elaborate, cinematic version of Bobby Jindal. Perhaps Western audiences have so deeply appreciated Boyle's film because it subtly reiterates a symbolic order that is as familiar as colonial conquest.
Wednesday, April 1 2009
As the Middle Eastern American community has been perceived to be less Christian and more Muslim since 9/11, so too is the assumption that they are unable to assimilate because of religious differences.
Tuesday, March 17 2009
Kael, much like video game critics today, was faced with a massive philosophical shift in her chosen artistic medium that large quantities of critics were against.
Monday, March 9 2009
Throughout the centuries philosophers and religious thinkers have encouraged women to feel grateful for their subordination. It’s only against the red light of ‘Dirrtiness’ that the chastity movement could ever have struck us as fresh.
Thursday, February 26 2009
Erotica website Beautiful Agony continues to revolutionize how both men and women approach sex and intimacy by revealing individual facial expressions of real, vulnerable human beings orgasming.
Thursday, February 12 2009
Stephen Graham Jones revisits the slasher film genre in the wake of My Bloody Valentine 3D to show how we may just be on the verge of another slasher renaissance.
Wednesday, February 4 2009
"Look at our generation … Stuff is all we have … It's not a display of wealth. It's about a display of authenticity and taste."
Thursday, January 29 2009
Andrews' book distinguishes itself from conventional labor histories by going beyond sociological factors to look at the total physical environment and the role it played in the lives of both labor and management, and how it would lead to the Ludlow Massacre of 1914.
Monday, December 15 2008
What might be remembered of the life of a woman who was long ago replaced by her own representation?
Thursday, December 11 2008
Subversive commentary should be thriving in Hong Kong. All the ingredients to spark graffiti are there -- the divides in social class, the thriving materialistic culture, and political antagonism with Mainland China.
Tuesday, December 9 2008
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge warns PopMatters 20 Questions readers, "Pleasure is a cultural weapon. Use it wisely."
Monday, November 24 2008
For Baselitz, the true artist is the eternal outsider. While he leads a good bourgeois family life, at his art he becomes a murderer, a man on the fringes of good society, a destroyer.
Sunday, November 16 2008
PopMatters shoulders its backpacks and treks to Hamburg to check out Germany's pop music capital, to partake of four days of Kunst und Kultur, historical wanderings, and indulge in a bit of Gemütlichkeit.
Wednesday, September 17 2008
Things have taken yet another sinister turn in this overcrowded train car: I have now been assigned the role of the carriage madman -- the obligatory Northern Line loonie.
Tuesday, August 19 2008
Brighton Wok is England’s first marijuana Kung-Fu movie. You get the bong, I’ll get the nachos.
Wednesday, July 23 2008
The famed font aspires to eerie emptiness of meaning. Now, has it persuaded us to do the same?
Tuesday, July 22 2008
Whether intentionally spiritual or not, popular culture and its products serve many of the same drives of religion: making meaning and forging the bonds of community.
Sunday, July 20 2008
PopMatters goes to Morocco for the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music to honor and share the world’s great spiritual music traditions. At this 14th annual festival, Derek Beres would hear the indigenous sounds of Vietnam, Tunisia, Norway, Pakistan, Belgium, America, and much more.
Thursday, June 12 2008
Isolation is more than being alone. That is why the greatest and most discomforting presentation of isolation can be found in Hopper's paintings that include more than one person.