Gregory Vance Smith has a Ph.D. in Communication and M.A. in English from the University of South Florida. His published research focuses on media, music, and cultural production. In addition to writing for PopMatters, he frequently contributes to The Fandom Post. He can be reached on Twitter @GregVSmithPhD
One of Bourdain's common themes in A Cook's Tour was eating meals that locals said "will make you strong." His focus was not on the bravado, however, but on the people involved in making local food, home cooks and restauranteurs alike.
19 Jul 2018
Tokyo Boogie-Woogie outlines the contested space of Japanese popular songs as the modern nation evolves.
28 Aug 2017
Marriage and creativity through the eyes of an artist burdened by student debt and the frustration of a changing economy.
11 Aug 2017
Unlike the western understanding of the word, "Lolitas" engage in a somewhat sexless performance of innocence, fairy tale femininity, and cultural resistance.
09 Jun 2017
Imagine sitting, chained in place, watching the light from a window move across the wall. Guy Delisle imagines and renders it in Hostage.
28 Apr 2017
Readers may use their own backgrounds and interests to frame the 80 underground sites surveyed here, but the differing storytelling styles allow a few rich stories to shine through.
09 Sep 2016
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