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Sunday, July 22 2007

Carrying the Water: On Michael Eric Dyson

It is Dyson’s ability to make himself and his work accessible to lay audiences -- ironically much like grassroots activists -- that makes him a target for those folk within the academy and elsewhere, who don’t believe that his work is rigorous enough.


Wednesday, June 13 2007

How America’s Most Renowned Improv Club Stays Second to None

Recently, Second City unveiled "Between Barack and a Hard Place" and then sat back stunned by what the gods of sketch comedy had wrought: rave reviews; talk about how the troupe is rediscovering its political edge; and box-office business like nothing the club had seen in some time.


Tuesday, June 5 2007

The Night After the Poker Party

Online poker playing is one part skill, one part chance -- and one part gambling. Some players want unrestricted access to real payoffs, no matter if they'll likely lose more than they'll win.


Wednesday, May 9 2007

Electric Litigationland

The lucrative marketing of Jimi Hendrix's image has spawned a series of lawsuits and possibly a reality show.


Monday, April 16 2007

Nine Wives

In the modern day, much like the archaic harems, there is no better way to show off a wealthy and important man than to show him surrounded by subservient women: observe James Bond or 50 Cent.


Thursday, April 12 2007

Don Imus: The Character of the Content

It would be easy to "get over" a disparaging remark about one’s race or gender (or religion or sexual orientation) if one could confidently believe that one's thus ridiculed identity would never be the cause of denied fair treatment, or extended common courtesy, in society at large.


Thursday, March 29 2007

The Death of Jean Baudrillard Did Not Take Place

The controversial French philosopher's legacy has been tarnished by reductionist readings of his work, generated precisely by the tendencies of the mass media he sought to illuminate.


Tuesday, March 27 2007

Ave Anna: Anna Nicole Smith and Celebrity Culture

Lost in the media's sensationalizing of Anna Nicole Smith was any sense of the human being behind the myth.


Sunday, March 4 2007

Not Such a Merry Dance

Should it matter that Simone Clarke, a ballerina for the English National Ballet, is also a member of the far-right, anti-immigrant British National Party?


Thursday, March 1 2007

The Rise of Christian Fascism and Its Threat to American Democracy

We must attend to growing social and economic inequities in order to stop the most dangerous mass movement in American history -- or face a future of fascism under the guise of Christian values.


Sunday, February 25 2007

Sorting Out Farrakhan’s Legacy

Farrakhan has been both vilified as an anti-Semite and also deified for championing the interests of the black poor.


Monday, February 12 2007

The Kink Continuum

When Jason Fortuny baited BSDM fetishists on Craigslist, he exposed their personal information -- and our society's rampant sexual hypocrisy.


Thursday, February 8 2007

The Terrorists of Our Imagination Aren’t Muslims… They’re Us

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

Salon Language

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

America’s Pony

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

Don’t Mess With Texas:  The Lone Star State Loses Its Greatest Spitfire

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

Twilight of the Idols

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

An Atomic Threat Made in America

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

The Radical Christian Right Is Built on Suburban Despair

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 Second Looting of New Orleans

The city is an international symbol of neglect and racism. But the federal government isn't the only one to blame.


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