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The US Military’s Secret War on Comic Books

The US Military’s Secret War on Comic Books

During wartime past, even war-themed comic books designed to help the US military’s reputation were the victims of friendly fire. Ominously, that has changed.

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

Blaxploitation Movies and Music Are the Story of the 1970s

Blaxploitation signaled the moment ghetto culture and the Black vernacular hit the American mainstream, paving the way for rap, hip-hop, disco, and modern sports.

Godzilla the Union Buster

Godzilla the Union Buster

There’s a bitter irony in how Oscar-winning Godzilla Minus One, produced by a notorious union-busting production company, is celebrated for its message of collective strength.

The Art of Psychological Warfare

The Art of Psychological Warfare

From marketing manipulation to all-out psychological warfare, Stories Are Weapons clarifies how our world – and worldview – is seldom our own.

How Rap’s Civil War Was Shaped by AI

How Rap’s Civil War Was Shaped by AI

The recent “Rap Civil War” accelerated the use of AI in rap music and, as with digital sampling, creatives will use it regardless of the implications.

Dualism in Photographer John Divola’s LAX NAZ Series

Dualism in Photographer John Divola’s LAX NAZ Series

Photographer John Divola’s LAX NAZ series exterior and interior views ooze with useful, fun, and satiating dualism. However, dualism gets messy.

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

A Freewheeling Questlove Drops a New Hit with ‘Hip-Hop Is History’

With its deft layering of words, its samples, and how it articulates sound, Questlove’s Hip-Hop Is History is like De La Soul’s excellent album 3 Feet High and Rising.

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

Tommy Orange Testifies to the Power of Cultural Reclamation

In Wandering Stars masterful storyteller Tommy Orange shifts our lens from historically imposed assimilation to contemporary cultural reclamation.

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

This Lesbian Fashion History Is a Perfectly Tailored Fit

With Unsuitable, lesbian fashion historian Eleanor Medhurst stitches fashion, gender, and sexuality into a perfectly tailored, comprehensive and inclusive book.

Florals, for Spring? The Met Gala 2024 Red Carpet

Florals, for Spring? The Met Gala 2024 Red Carpet

The incongruity of looks on the red carpet at this year’s Met Gala created a diverse showing of cartoonish creativity, the hallmark of fashion’s biggest night.

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

Patric Gagne Calls for Empathy in ‘Sociopath: A Memoir’

Sociopath author Patric Gagne asks readers to reconsider their perceptions of sociopathy, arguing that people who struggle to feel empathy still deserve to receive it.

1000xResist’s Magnificent Operatic Heterotopia

1000xResist’s Magnificent Operatic Heterotopia

Set in the politically significant year of 2046, sci-fi game 1000xResist evokes Michel van der Aa’s operatic music and Hou Hsiao-hsien’s heterotopia-like films.