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‘All These Characters Are Me in Different Ways’: An Interview with Director Ritesh Batra

"So it all came from a point of view of nostalgia, of how India used to be when I still lived there," says Ritesh Batra of his film, The Lunchbox.

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Magnus Hirschfeld and the Struggle for Transformation, Not Tolerance

Sexual rights in America remain both provisional and cynical; we know everyone should have them, but we are beholden to cowardly, outmoded, theocratic institutions that are fearful of egalitarianism.

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Singing the Low-Down, Down-Low Blues

Women in jazz can sing about their same-sex experiences, while men tend to stay deeply in the closet. Odd, considering the genre once embraced such dalliances.

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Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Music, Books, Television, Fashion, and Film

Artisanal chocolate. Mustaches. Locally sourced vegetables. Etsy. Birds. Flea markets. Cult films. Horn-rimmed glasses. Twee.

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Still Stranger, Ten Years Later: An Interview with Tim Bowness

PopMatters catches up with singer and wordsmith Tim Bowness to talk about the creative process behind Together We're Stranger, its lyrical influences, and how it fits into the band's diverse career.

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2 Jul 2014 // 9:28 AM

American Eats: Locavore Bonnaroo as Pop Community

Bonnaroo's four-course, farm-to-table "Bonnaroots" dinner showed the locavore food culture's vibrancy crossing into pop culture.

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Shocking the Casbah: The Maghrebi-Noir of Rachid Taha

A furious mix of hip-hop beats, Arabic primal screams and punk-rock guitars, Taha brilliantly battles against the ideologies of both Western and Arab traditions.

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Brandy Clark on the Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic of Life

Late last year, country songwriter Brandy Clark quietly released her debut album as an artist and a funny thing happened: people listened and loved it.

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Dr. McMurtrie and the Gay Kiss

A homophobic doctor, writing in 1914, helped NFL player Michael Sam kiss his boyfriend on TV 100 years later.

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(The Limits of) Football, Samba, and Commonality

The 2014 FIFA World Cup theme song highlights one of the worst trends in a global society: culture boiled down to a sort of triumphant universal human-ness.

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Bring Back the Beat! What’s Up with Hip-Hop Reissues?

The record industry makes huge efforts to reissue rock CDs, but nowhere near as much effort for hip-hop CDs.

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Optical Illusions: The Problem with OK Go’s Accidental Legacy

They started out with great songs. Then they made amazing music videos. Now, their songs serve as soundtracks to viral meme-fodder and little else.

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The Fascination with Fundamentalism in Hardcore Punk

Some bands echoed the Dead Kennedys' anti-Moral Majority messages; others embodied right-wing religion.

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In Defense of Ann Hornaday, No Matter What Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen Say

The Washington Post film critic wasn't wrong in wondering aloud about the impact Hollywood can have on the typical young male.

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Yann Tiersen Breaks Down ∞ Track-By-Track (video) (Premiere)

Following the release of Yann Tiersen's much-acclaimed new album, the atmospheric and enveloping , PopMatters has the exclusive track-by track breakdown of the LP by Tiersen himself.

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The Future of Work Looks Like an Agency-Free Hole That Goes Nowhere

A recent Planet Money episode about worker analytics provokes two things: a memory of a troubling past, and troubling vision of the future of work.

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Standing on Ceremony: An Interview with Wyrd Visions

The Microphones' Phil Elverum is re-releasing Wyrd Visions' haunting debut and Colin Bergh takes us through its genesis from beginning to end and well beyond.

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Pronounced Dead: The Art of Cultural Assassination

Two critical catfights are claiming to have buried art-forms which have shaped our civilisation for decades and centuries apiece. Are they entitled to do that?

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Dead Men Dancing: An Interview With Michael J. Sheehy

Capturing the cinematic sweep of a lounging troubadour on his last dime and meal, Michael J. Sheehy's cold romantic fables are the stuff of Tony Richardson films.

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Carl Van Vechten, America’s First White Negro

What was Van Vechten really writing about during the Harlem Renaissance; black culture as it existed in its own right, or how he viewed it through his own complicated prism?

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How Röyksopp's 'Melody A.M.' Brought Electronica Into the Mainstream

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"With their debut, the Norwegian duo essentially provided the everyman's guide to electronic music.

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