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Seduction Through a Pane of Glass: Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner"

Britney Spears and Fall Out Boy try to universalize desire in their versions of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner". That may be how pornography works, but it's not how desire works, and this difference is the key to the coy allure of the song.

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Television

Vaporwave, Cartooned

Adult Swim's short film "Too Many Cooks" and Cartoon Network's Rick and Morty are distinctive examples of the Vaporwave Sensibility expressed in narrative-visual form.

Film

'Star Wars': The Forgetful Menace

In the Star Wars universe, those who do not remember history are doomed to sequel it; those who do, apparently, make prequels.

Television

Is the Revival of 'Roseanne' Merely Televisual Grave-Robbing?

The return of Roseanne brings with it some complicated political baggage -- and it brings Dan Connor back from the dead.

Books

Combating the Trap of Nostalgia in a Look at the Super Nintendo

Dominic Arsenault's Super Power, Spoony Bards, and Silverware cuts through the nostalgia so sharply that it comes off as dismissive, hostile even, at least to someone used to reading the flowery prose of fan literature.

Film

From Hot Rods to Heartbreak: Bruce Springsteen and 'Baby It’s You'

Baby It’s You pushes past high school’s safe spaces to confront the audience with an imperfect world.

Caroline Madden
Music

S U R V I V E: RR7349

The perils of nostalgia notwithstanding, many listeners will find the foggy atmospheres and neon-lit cityscapes of RR7349 irresistible.

Games

Field Observations from a Non-Pokemon Go Player

My wife witnessed a Pokeromance in the making, while I discussed the philosophical underpinnings of Pokehunting with a 14-year-old.

Games

Stories We Tell

You know the story. You’ve lived the story, and you're destined to relive it again and again.

Music

Kano: Made in the Manor

Kano’s fifth LP sees the rapper revisiting his childhood haunts in an attempt to come to terms with his past.

Television

Bill O'Reilly's Rock & Roll Machine

Nostalgia has its uses, its benefits. But is it useful and beneficial when it obscures the reality of the past and present, usually in the service of power, prestige, and making a buck?

Interviews

Genius. Doesn't. Fade: A Conversation With Steven Wilson

Revered English musical visionary Steven Wilson discusses the inspirations, methods, and reflections that helped create his newest solo opus, Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Film

'The Stream' Is a Deluge of References

Aching for the past dam(n)s The Stream.

Film

Movie Time Travel and the New Nostalgia

The new nostalgia signals the ultimate rejection of millennial anxiety, postmodernism, irony and the future. It longs for a post-industrial, green world. Of course, that suggests a vague and painful longing for something that never was.

Music

In Defense of Not Buying into '90s Nostalgia

What's the good in looking back if you refuse to look forward?

Games

The Limits of Retro Gaming Experiences

Ice Climber is the game that I might rank as my favorite game that lacked an end-goal, that created an arcade-like experience in which the player kept climbing for the sake of climbing and for, of course, the sake of points. Though that was not the only reason that one climbed.

Music

Elika: Always the Light

Glitchy loops and droning organs make for a surprisingly moving electronic elegy on Brooklyn duo's latest

Film

'A Moveable Feast' in 'Midnight in Paris'

Ernest Hemingway compared Paris to a moveable feast because no matter what time it is, Paris is always the magnificent city of lights. Woody Allen expands upon Hemingway's testimony in the magical Midnight in Paris.

Music

10 Ft Ganja Plant: Shake Up the Place

Roots-reggae stalwarts dish up an impeccable platter of nostalgia.

Music

Ford & Lopatin: Channel Pressure

A work of heroic heritage -- reorganizing an era that is too often dismissed as sterile.

Reviews

'Hot Tub Time Machine': Jump In, But Hold Your Nose

If you liked The Hangover, are a fan of any of the leads or enjoy the kind of humor associated with Apatow-style films, Hot Tub Time Machine may be for you.

Music

Reconsidering the Revival of Cassette Tape Culture

At best, the cassette revival is merely a vacuous fad of no genuine value; but at worst, it's a confused, regressive cultural misstep more dangerous than most would care to admit.

Calum Marsh
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Adventureland

A hugely enjoyable blend of humor and agony that captures the confused, painful, but open-ended state of late adolescence.

Reviews

Atari Classics Evolved

The 'Evolved' option is quite possibly the most pointless update since Transformers' Soundwave became "New Soundwave".

Azmol Meah
Games

Super Paper Mario

It is Super Paper Mario's quick wit, above all, that makes it such a joy to play.

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