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Stream of (Music) Consciousness

The 'Marshall McLuhan' message borne by the MP3 revolution is clear: music is endlessly plentiful and entirely disposable. So what's the message of streaming?

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Nobody Should Feel Embarrassed to Read YA Fiction

Young Adult literature is not just for kids, and it fills an important niche left vacant by much of contemporary "adult" fiction.

Music

You Can Achieve Greatness! Harnessing Your Pop Culture Spirit Animal

Just as our bodies are made of recycled stars, our thoughts are spawned from bits of songs and books and movie dialogue. So what happens when your star gets old?

Music

Is Rock 'n' Roll Dormant, Dying or Already Dead?

Like jazz or vaudeville, rock 'n' roll faces significant cultural and technological challenges—true epochal shifts of the kind that always seem to mark turning points in history.

Technology

Climbing Out of the Transhuman Stew Pot, or, Why I'm Not a Singularitarian

The big trend in apocalyptic thinking is now computer based, and it’s strangely not even billed as apocalyptic. It’s known as the Singularity, a point in the near future when computers become more intelligent than people -- and they absorb us.

Fashion

We Aren't the Mods and Other Sorry Tales of a Fashion Slave

I half-believed that if I went mod with enough gusto, a Lambretta would one day parachute itself onto my driveway. That was in 6th grade. I tried it again, as an adult, still hoping for that Lambretta.

Books

Austerity and the Arts -- and George W. Bush

I never would have thought it possible, but George W. Bush’s recently revealed attempts at creating art have had the incredible effect of forcing me to see him as a human being.

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Powers Gets the Save: 'Eastbound & Down: Season 3'

Incapable of self-reflection, Kenny Powers relies on unholy ambition and a truck full of redneck ‘tude to cheat his way back to stardom, before he inevitably falls on his face and has to climb his way back up the ladder again.

Books

Use Your Allusion

The Oxford Dictionary of Reference and Allusion is a welcome addition to a dwindling reference book collection.

Politics

Wishing for the End

Our culture is on a deathtrip. Do we secretly wish for the end of the world?

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Bobby Joe Ebola and the Children Macnuggits Are Serious About Their Silliness

If your band already has the most ridiculous name in rock, you might as well have an absurdly oversized sense of ambition to go along with it, and Bobby Joe Ebola definitely has ambition.

Music

Jamming the Pistols

While the Sex Pistols were specifically designed to cause havoc, the Jam started as a community hall dance band, doing watered-down Beatles covers and Motown standards for disinterested pub-goers and overboozed wedding guests.

Music

Lament of the Middle Aged Punk

Staring at the churning whirlpool of fists and flannels revolving around Keith Morris as he spat out the anthems of my youth, I wonder why, despite my advancing middle age, I never managed to give up on punk rock.

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Visual Arts

Daniel Clowes' Cranky, Comical World

Some of Daniel Clowes’ exaggerated bitterness about his vocation comes from a willingness to see himself as just as ridiculous as the characters he gets paid to doodle. But he also harbors a deep disillusionment with art itself.

Music

Roxy Music: The Complete Studio Recordings

If you haven’t heard a lot of Roxy Music but you love glam, prog or new wave, this collection is a great introduction to a band that took on all those genres simultaneously and influenced an entire generation of musicians.

Music

Turn Up That Racket!

I always thought of adolescence as a time to reject my parents’ tastes. So why are my kids into music I listened to at their age?

Music

The Mute Generation: How Gen-X Lost Its Voice

The whole “voice of a generation” concept is pretty ridiculous to begin with, but in the case of my cohort, the so-called Generation X, it’s downright laughable.

Music

A Case of Nerves: An Interview with Peter Case

A founding member of the Nerves, the Plimsouls and the Breakaways talks about the timelessness of good rock and roll, and how looking back and going back are not the same thing.

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