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Everybody Stays at the Party Says Podcaster and Comedian Tom Scharpling

Everybody Stays at the Party Says Podcaster and Comedian Tom Scharpling

The Best Show creator Tom Scharpling talks with PopMatters about his memoir It Never Ends and how he reached the greatest phase of his radio/podcasting career.

What’s So Funny About Tragic Things?

What’s So Funny About Tragic Things?

Scepanski’s Tragedy Plus Time takes a serious look at how comedy and satire in American media make light of dark matters.

Eurovision 2020: Staging Political Identity

Eurovision 2020: Staging Political Identity

Eurovision contestants subvert the events' apolitical ethos simply with their identity, which is then subverted by performer and audience subjectivity. So who, ultimately, wins?

Walking the Tightrope Between History and Memory in Japan: On Harootunian’s ‘Uneven Moments’

Walking the Tightrope Between History and Memory in Japan: On Harootunian’s ‘Uneven Moments’

Harry Harootunian's essays on modern Japanese history, collected in Uneven Moments from Columbia University Press, reflect a lifetime of intellectual contributions and span a wide range of topics in Japanese history. The tension between the historical and the everyday is a recurrent and vital theme in his work.

Debut Essay Collection ‘Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now’ Takes a Slice from the Americana Songbook

Debut Essay Collection ‘Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now’ Takes a Slice from the Americana Songbook

Although Andre Perry's essays in his debut, Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now, traverse various geographical journeys, they are, overall, ballads, images from the self, the man isolated and marginalized in other countries and in his own land.

#PopMatters20: Tech Is Evil and TechKnow Kinda Told You So

#PopMatters20: Tech Is Evil and TechKnow Kinda Told You So

How deluded we were about our devices being labor-saving, productivity-increasing cure-alls! And other realizations of how the rise of technology has affected our lives.

John Berger was a Lifelong Cultural Agitator with a Valuable Point of View

John Berger was a Lifelong Cultural Agitator with a Valuable Point of View

Joshua Sperling's biography of John Berger is more of an art history text that's focused on specific social and political elements as they are connected through Berger's perspective.

‘Blanket’ Virtually Covers It All

‘Blanket’ Virtually Covers It All

Kara Thompson's Blanket provides an excellent, warm, and informed history in the Bloomsbury Academic Object Lessons series.

Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ Makes Us Realize the Present Tense

Hannah Gadsby’s ‘Nanette’ Makes Us Realize the Present Tense

Hannah Gadsby’s Nanette is a cultural milestone not only because it demands a better future, but also teaches the present moment and where we might go next.

How Fragile Relationships and Plans Can Be in Cara Hoffman’s Running

How Fragile Relationships and Plans Can Be in Cara Hoffman’s Running

Running is a disconcerting, moving, and ultimately treasurable novel whose rich, lived-in world and remarkably complex and empathetic protagonists remain alluring from start to finish.
Migos: C U L T U R E (take 2)

Migos: C U L T U R E (take 2)

Migos’ second studio album, Culture, is a victory lap and a statement of intent.
Migos: C U L T U R E

Migos: C U L T U R E

By being made into a meme, Migos have ensured their lasting presence; even without it, however, C U L T U R E will stand as a worthy artifact.