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Paul Crenshaw's 'This One Will Hurt You' Will, Indeed

Paul Crenshaw's This One Will Hurt You, a PopMatters' Pick, is powerful essay collection about life, loss, faith, and natural (and man-made) violence in rural America.

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The Rationality of Violence: The Kerner Commission and the Riots of 1967

Separate and Unequal provides a riveting account of a crucial moment in US history. It offers a penetrating insight into the manner in which good intentions and just causes necessarily confront the mechanisms of governmental bureaucracy.

Film

Killing Is Killing: Logan's Enduring Excellence

In a competitive sea of superhero films, Logan continues to stand out with its tremendous performances, thematic complexity, remarkably critical take on violence, and deeply stirring pathos.

Books

Craig Larsen's 'The Second Winter' Is not an Easy Read

The Second Winter is an engaging but difficult read featuring characters you'll love to hate.

Books

The Deconstructive Irony of Ortberg's 'The Merry Spinster: Tales of Everyday Horror'

This collection gives us Ortberg's trademark gender-swapping, flipping of accepted norms of good vs evil even while blurring the line between them, and startling backstories that do not always reveal underlying motivations but definitely add dark, ironic humor.

Music

Ministry, L7, Sex, and Violence

We need to talk about Ministry's anti-war statement, because it encapsulates so much that's so wrong about testosterone-driven masculinist activism.

Film

Anger Begets Anger: 'Three Billboards' As Southern Gothic

Watching this film in a theater in Belfast, while my fellow moviegoers cringed at the violent United States, I recognized the Gothic South.

Film

Apocalypse, American Style

Apocalypse Now is the most iconic American film about America's War in Vietnam. But we are not here to expand the myth. We are here to explode it.

Television

The Fourth Season of 'Inside Amy Schumer' Turns Inward at a Cost

As Trainwreck and Inside Amy Schumer's third season demonstrated, Schumer’s comedy's most potent when it explores the stakes of what it skewers.

Katie Dyson
Games

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it's there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

Games

The Value of Exploitation: Of Puppies and Pornography, Violence and Vixens

Guess which two characters appeared in the half hour trailer featured at E3 for Metal Gear Solid V? Diamond Dog and the Quiet. Guess why? You shouldn't have to guess.

Film

While 'Beneath' Brings the Nails to the Story, It Forgets the Hammer

Beneath has the tools to be a good horror flick: stranded teens; the decline of judgment in the face of terror; severed limbs; lots of blood.

Film

On the Sex, Drugs and Dopplegangers in 'Plus One'

If Superbad and The World's End had a lovechild raised by H.G. Wells and Leatherface, it would be the emotionally charged Plus One.

Games

With Great Vulnerability, Comes Great Brutality: The Evisceration of Lara Croft

Amid a hail of gunfire, the player-character crumples to the ground, defeated, that is, before a loading screen pops to revive her. At least, that's how most action games represent death. In Tomb Raider, I've seen Lara Croft stabbed through the neck, had her head split open on a coral reef, seen her torn apart by wolves.

Books

Bill's Beatdown: 'Donnybrook'

Frank Bill’s stories are as rough as they come, hard packages of violence and sadness, tales of lives ripped apart by poverty and shame.

Games

Moving Pixels Podcast: The Unsettling Allure of Violence in 'Hotline Miami'

Does Hotline Miami have anything to say about video game violence or does it just allow us to further exercise our own grossest tendencies?

Reviews

‘The Story of America’: The United States of Amnesia

Jill Lepore’s richly evocative and argumentative essays on America uncover the forgotten realities of history, from Ben Franklin’s rough satires taken straight to Election Day gangfights, without an ideological agenda; the story is all.

Games

Defending Lara

In the past, Lara Croft may have provided a male audience a figure to admire or even leer longingly at, but she didn't serve the normative video game role of that “princess in another castle".

Books

The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker

What’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding? Working against conventional wisdom, Steven Pinker argues that we have reached a historical low point with regards to violence.

Games

No Glory for Gears

In Gears 3, the series’s iconic gritty brown-grey aesthetic finally couples with narrative and gameplay to actually tell a truly melancholy and sobering war story.

Books

'Jass' Gives You the Feel for Early American History

Take a tour of Storyville where Jazz began and murder prevails, bringing in the likes of David Fulmer's hero who is as good at solving crime as he's crippled by his love of an irresistible whore.

Games

Building a Better Murderer

Darksiders offers nothing especially new in terms of teaching the player to kill, but what it it does do better than many games is teach the player to be a more efficient and effective murderer by changing up some existing mechanisms of training the player in the deadly arts. Largely, this boils down to creating some rules for murder.

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"RE: Raw Video of Derrion Albert 16 teen year old beaten to death ..."

How slow is too slow for non-violence? One girl counts to five and voila!

Diepiriye Kuku
Television

Me, Myself & BBCi: Who's Watching Whom

The extensive use of mirrors in the Big Brother house behind which many of the cameras are hidden means that when the contestants hear the voice of authority, it is their own reflexion that they see back.

Games

Thou Shalt Kill: A Look at Violence in Video Games

L.B. Jeffries takes a look at the arguments behind the debate on violence in modern-day video games.

L.B. Jeffries
Games

God of War II

The God of War franchise is as over the top as an action movie -- there's no point in warning you not to try this at home, because you can't.

Arun Subramanian
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