PopMatters writers present their favorite summer entertainment—be it music, film, books, events, games, TV, comics—from any period in pop culture history. These are highly personal picks and we’ll begin adding to them on an annual basis. Today we present books and comics selections. Look for music on Tuesday, film/TV/DVD on Wednesday and games and events on Thursday of this week.
Friday, July 1 2011
Draw the curtains against that relentless summer sunshine. Crank the air conditioner not only for comfort, but to drown out that infernal sound of laughing children. While away some free time this summer in the company of your TV with these recommended shows.
PopMatters writers offer up their favorite songs and albums for summer. From the transcendent vocals and trumpet of Louis Armstrong to the contemporary beats and rhymes of Kanye West, our picks traverse the cultural landscape, picking out summery tunes from every era of popular music history.
Wednesday, June 22 2011
Fans of electronic music will find a lot of massive events going on around the US this summer. Here are a few to look out for.
Friday, June 17 2011
Classical music fans can rest assured that financially stressed arts organizations will continue to strive to make events accessible to the public, particularly in the summer months.
Thursday, June 16 2011
Yes, summer is about being in the great outdoors, but that doesn't mean you have to stop gaming. PopMatters writers recommend several of our favorite summer gaming diversions.
Wednesday, June 15 2011
Our writers' favorite summer events run the gamut from the ultra local fare of a day devoted to mustard in a small Midwestern town to the huge SummerStage series in New York and the glorious Montreal Jazz Festival.
It's the scavenger spirit of self-discovery, with the relative high frequency of opportunities to catch bands at small venues early on, that makes the summer in New York a joy.
Tuesday, June 14 2011
Surfing is a spectacle of sheer uselessness and excessive pleasure that most of us can only dream about. It provides an ideal image of how we desire to live -- devoted solely to a thrilling and utterly innocent pleasure.
Sunday, June 12 2011
PopMatters writers recommend some of their all-time favorite summer reads. Look for music summer picks on Tuesday, film/TV/DVD summer picks on Wednesday, and event and game picks for summer on Thursday.
Some have argued that comics is about nostalgia. This is patently untrue. For a medium that requires readers to synthesize a coherent moment from disparate image- and text-sequences, comics is always about that future moment. Here's a summer-long comics cavalcade.