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Waiting to Be Heard: On Being Deaf and Gay

Scant research has been done on those individuals who are both LGBT and deaf. This is surprising, considering what my sister, an interpreter for the deaf, has told me: "You'd be surprised how many deaf people are gay."

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23 Sep 2013 // 3:15 AM

Real Simulation, False Prophecy

Real political and economic issues hamper gargantuan projects, and that’s where SimCity 2000 breaks down.

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20 Sep 2013 // 3:30 AM

Sweet Dreams: The World of Patsy Cline

Country music singer Patsy Cline embodied the power and appeal of women in country music, and helped open the lucrative industry to future female solo artists.

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19 Sep 2013 // 3:14 AM

Fascism Is Not Fun: Katniss, Capitalism and Media Blindness

The German silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) eerily displays the same ideological ground as The Hunger Games (2012). In fact, they may be similar cultural markers of the consciousness of these respective civilizations, although they appeared during distant epochs.

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18 Sep 2013 // 3:14 AM

For Infidelity: Reconsidering Aesthetic Anachronism

Being faithful to the original can require removing it from its context. It’s a necessary and paradoxical reversal.

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In Defense of the Influence of ‘Difficult Men’

Brett Martin's latest book serves as a reminder of how enlightening dealing with darkness in television can be.

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Is Miley Cyrus a Master of Social Media?

With each tweet, photo upload, and "twerk" video, Miley Cyrus artfully crafts her star image, always maintaining our interest in how she presents herself.

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We Call It Living the Dream: An Interview with Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

The acclaimed Missouri indie-poppers talk with PopMatters about whether to name a song "Harrison Ford" on their new album (they did), being forced to play a song on Russian television, and their love of J-Pop.

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Kiss Kiss Bangs Bangs: Pauline Kael, Lester Bangs and the Twitter Age

Maybe if one writes reviews like they're the only things that matter, the way Pauline Kael and Lester Bangs did, then writing reviews is enough.

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13 Sep 2013 // 4:00 AM

The Vagina: A Literary and Cultural History

In our postmodern, porn-obsessed culture, vaginas appear to be everywhere, literally or symbolically -- yet they are as silenced as they are objectified. The Vagina examines the paradox of female genitalia through literature, film, TV, visual, and performance art.

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I Don’t Need a Reason to Cry: An Interview with Shelby Lynne

In a time when musicians continue to struggle to find their footing in an uncertain market environment, few artists have managed to succeed in pursuing the independent path of Shelby Lynne. She talks to PopMatters about her acclaimed recent album, her upcoming tour, and so much more.

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Take a Look, It’s in an eBook: An Interview with LeVar Burton

From Roots to Star Trek and well beyond, LeVar Burton says that his time on Reading Rainbow was "the most important thing I've ever done." With a new app to encourage reading, he tells us how its legacy will extend to a whole new generation.

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Internet Saved the Radio Star: The Rise of Podcast Drama

Welcome to Night Vale, the news show from a town that doesn't exist, has quickly and unexpectedly become America's favourite podcast. As the next stage in audio fiction's evolution takes shape, it also confirms the curious, enduring appeal of stories on the radio.

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“All of Its Variety and Splendor”: Van Dyke Parks on Harry Nilsson

Harry Nilsson was one pop music's greatest enigmas, a genius wrapped in his own vices. With the release of the expansive The RCA Albums Collection. To help tell his story, the legendary Van Dyke Parks talks to PopMatters about his old friend and collaborator Harry Nilsson.

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What the Folk? When the Traditional Becomes the Counter-Culture

The question of the ubiquity of folk revival is different from how long it will last. Instead, we could be asking whether the Lumineers and Mumford can tear down the establishment when they're in the mainstream.

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Without Copyrights: Piracy, Publishing, and the Public Domain

This is a book about the periphery, the elusive point at which law and piracy traded places, legitimacy became lawless, and courtesy grew discourteous.

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Every Era Gets the Monster It Needs, and Ours Is the Era of the Zombie

The images of humans imprisoning themselves in The Walking Dead speak poignantly about a world in which walls seem like an answer to the threat of those masses of bodies on the other side.

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29 Aug 2013 // 11:15 PM

Smoke Signals: A Social History of Marijuana

Award-winning investigative journalist Martin A. Lee takes us on an entertaining and informative ride through the complex landscape of the Great American Pot story.

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How to Make Political Pop Without Trying

"Dancing in the Street" did not seek the kind of greatness ascribed to it -- it simply woke up one morning and found that greatness bestowed upon it.

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What Happens When Hollywood Film Production Meets Social Media?

For the first time in cinema history, Hollywood has enabled social media users to contribute to the artistic properties of films, thereby earning them co-authorship… of sorts.

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'Sugar Hill' Breaks Out the Old-School Zombies

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"Sugar Hill was made in a world before ordinary shuffling, Romero-type zombies took over the cinema world.

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