The Real Housewives of Impending Matriarchy: Reality TV from a Feminist Perspective

The Real Housewives of Impending Matriarchy: Reality TV from a Feminist Perspective

By Ana Dorn

Crazy. Slutty. Bitchy. The overwhelming darkness lurking beneath The Real Housewives series' shiny veneer begs the question: is being on air detrimental to women? 23 Oct 2017 // 3:00 AM

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What to Push and When to Push It: Palestinian Director Maysaloun Hamoud on ‘In Between’

In Between emits an idealistic spirit to create unity, and Hamoud equally looks towards feminism as a unifying framework for the contemporary world.

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10 Oct 2017 // 2:35 AM

10 Conversation-Shifting Contemporary Books About Music

These are multiple works of genre history and works tackling important issues of race, class, and gender. All challenge dominant narratives of music.

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Hope Is Big: An Interview with Deer Tick

A long break for the band yielded not one but two albums: one all-acoustic and one all-electric. Deer Tick are back, baby.

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Distill the Swarm: The Top 20 Extreme Metal Debuts of 2017

Pay no heed to what the curmudgeons say as there are plenty of fascinating sounds being forged annually by new metal bands. 2017’s swarm has been distilled…

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9 Oct 2017 // 2:30 AM

An Ozarker Considers Netflix’s ‘Ozark’

The local crime boss tells a lengthy parable about the difference between a hillbilly and a redneck; the upshot being that the hillbilly is craftier and more bound to a set of principles than a redneck.

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Parody, Pastiche, and Poignant Observation: On Polish Journalist Ryszard Kapuscinsi’s Insight

Kapuscinski's journalism reminds us that the boundary between truth and fiction is one that needs to be pushed at more often.

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6 Oct 2017 // 8:17 AM

The Flipside #8: ‘The Gambler’ (2014)

An overlooked 2014 remake of a James Caan classic asks a daring cinematic question: can Mark Wahlberg convincingly play a tenured English professor?

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Counting the Stars: Treasured Singer-Songwriter Brenda Russell Shares Her Story

A composer of the Tony-winning musical The Color Purple, Brenda Russell revisits her rare solo album Love Life (1981), while legends like Roberta Flack, David Foster, and Valerie Simpson join PopMatters for an exclusive tribute to her career.

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‘Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows’, ‘Marriage of a Thousand Lies’ & ‘No One Can Pronounce My Name’

While the post-9/11 period and its racialization and criminalization of brown bodies marked one epoch of the South Asian experience, recent South Asian immigrant literature suggests the beginning of another frame: sexuality.

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Ripoffs from Space: When Big Movies Are Cannibalized by Even Bigger Movies

Hollywood screenwriters know that if you don't have an original idea you can always steal an existing plot... and then set it in SPACE!

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NYFF 2017: 'Mudbound'

// Notes from the Road

"Dee Rees’ churning and melodramatic epic follows two families in 1940s Mississippi, one black and one white, and the wars they fight abroad and at home.

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