Thursday, February 8 2007
Terrorism is now the stuff of fiction, as a glance at the best-seller lists will attest. But while Islamic plotters make the headlines, the terrorists we find on the bookshelves live in our own backyard.
Wednesday, February 7 2007
Communicating aesthetic ideals and desires is daunting, even for artists. When you’re not the artist, it's even more difficult. But this is exactly the predicament in the hair salon.
Tuesday, February 6 2007
Despite a short career in a dying sport, Barbaro brought something special to a nation suffering a widespread poverty of hope and deficit of inspiration.
Saturday, February 3 2007
Molly Ivins was one of the world's most gifted bar stool philosophers, someone who effortlessly segued into the world of ideas from the sure-footed ground of details.
Wednesday, January 31 2007
When Nietzsche conceived of the superman, he didn't have a musclebound alien in red tights in mind. Rather, the hero of Superman Returns is an affront to human potential.
Monday, January 29 2007
Beyond the fear of North Korea's or Iran's nuclear capabilities looms a more far-reaching threat: the vast amount of nuclear bomb-grade material scattered across the globe. And it wasn't Kim Jong Il or the ayatollahs of Iran who put it there. America did.
Thursday, January 25 2007
Millions of Americans live trapped in soulless exurbs which lack any kind of community, leaving them feeling isolated and vulnerable. Without alternatives for their social despair, they flock to demagogues promising revenge and a mythical utopia.
Monday, January 22 2007
The city is an international symbol of neglect and racism. But the federal government isn't the only one to blame.
Wednesday, January 17 2007
The history of the United States is essentially the history of an idea; the idea that all men are created equal, and its gradual manifestation in actuality with all of its contradictions and hypocrisies.
Monday, January 15 2007
The existence of gay male fans of Barbra is well documented and highly visible, but in the lesbian community, our fandom is just as long lived, though not as well known.
Sunday, January 7 2007
Chris O'Connell remembers a very personal and poignant conversation with political essayist, journalist, and rock critic Ellen Willis.
Thursday, December 7 2006
Michael Richards's racist outburst made him a scapegoat, but not in the way those who regard him as the "real victim" think.
Wednesday, November 1 2006
Though they aspire to be as safe as suburbia, amusement parks provide pleasure beyond class consciousness.
Thursday, October 5 2006
The first South Asian musical to be produced in English -- a musical project that germinated from an idea shared between Andrew Lloyd Webber and Shekhar Kapur --Bombay Dreams offers a vibrant and energetic panorama of the Indian popular cinema world, as well as an important critique of corporate capitalism.
Wednesday, September 13 2006
the Slow Dance.
Wednesday, September 6 2006
What a sweet thing that was, to see people reading your words, to hear them bitch and moan, to give them the behind-the-scenes bits and the unverifiable gossip.
Tuesday, September 5 2006
A formerly anonymous user finds out what it's like to be a Featured Profile.
Tuesday, August 29 2006
After Katrina, America was poised for a national conversation about race that never actually took place. What happened to squander the opportunity?
Friday, August 25 2006
While the demands of many gamers and the dreams of many game designers seem concentrated on increasing layers of complexity, critics continually praise those games that buck the trend and opt for playable simplicity. Richard Jude Goodness explains how one such game helped spark the gamer urge inside him while showing him the way a game built on simple gameplay could also be thoroughly engaging.
Monday, August 21 2006
For frequent flyers, especially musicians, the expense of travel can often be a real strain. To help their fellows, the Grates offer these ten favorite tips for saving cash on the road without risking jail time.