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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?

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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.

Books

'Blanket' Virtually Covers It All

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

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Hannah Gadsby's 'Nanette' Makes Us Realize the Present Tense

Hannah Gadsby's acclaimed Netflix special is a cultural milestone not only because it demands a better future, but because it teaches us about the present moment and where we might go next.

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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.

Music

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

Migos’ second studio album, Culture, is a victory lap and a statement of intent.

Music

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.

Books

America's Funny Book Filter: 'Comic Books and American Cultural History: An Anthology'

The comics medium has long been as broad as fiction, a mode of expression which reflects the deepest parts of an artist’s self to a corporation cashing in on a trend.

Music

Verse-Chorus-Verse: Eminem - "White America"

Pop Heroism, One Song at a Time

Music

Culture: Culture and the Deejays at Joe Gibbs 1977-1979

A collection of rare 12" disco singles which extend, and in some cases enhance, the early catalogue of the brilliant Culture with guest DJ slots.

Music

Joe Gibbs: Scorchers from the Mighty Two

When listening to a compilation like Scorchers from the Mighty Two, ownership of a certain piece of music seems like a quaint and inconsequential idea. There's a communal spirit that reigns.

Music

Activity Placement: Why Kanye Needs Us and We Need Him

Kanye West is a bona fide hit-maker. But his real genius lies in his ability to match songs to consumer behavior, marketing his music less as a product and more as the perfect accompaniment to the activities of daily life.

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In the Know by Nancy MacDonell

A fashion-heavy guide to hip that just reeks of not knowing what it is really about.

Will Layman
Music

Culture: Two Sevens Clash: 30th Anniversary Edition

Certified reggae classic celebrates 30th Anniversary inna deluxe style.

Ron Hart
Books

The Perfect Thing by Steven Levy

Levy does not propose that we consider the iPod to be a perfect or ideal thing; rather, he begins from the premise that the cultural marketplace has already rendered this verdict.

Jason B. Jones
Technology

TechKnow: Constant Digital Craving

Screw the soup, Mr. – little Oliver wants a PS3.

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Bat Boy Lives! by David Perel

If the horse that played Mr. Ed was really a pothead, how did it operate the bong?"

Amar Pai
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