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'It Begins and Ends With Love': A Conversation with Trans Activist Jennifer Finney Boylan

Best-selling author and transgender activist Jennifer Finney Boylan discusses her new memoir in a conversation that explores the transformative power of storytelling, the redefinition of family values, and the radical potential of love.

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An Awesome Guy!: An Interview with Dallas Clayton

Dallas Clayton once made a small little homemade book for his son. Then he put it online. Then, it became a worldwide smash. Heralded by celebrities, subject of a Google ad, and inspried by his son, PopMatters speaks to author Robert Alford about modern-day publishing, maintaining your center, and the importance of keeping your family close at all times.

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The Wall That Divides: 'The Other Son'

The Other Son peers into the depths of selfhood, asking why we so often forge our identities through opposition and exclusion. But its sensational premise and abrupt resolution detract from the film's hopeful and humanistic intent.

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Candlewick

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"I'm Authentically Getting My Freak On": An Interview with Jamie Lidell

Jamie Lidell has gone from experimental electronic boundary-pusher to soul-revival gadfly to buddy of Beck and back again. With his new album, he talks to PopMatters about influences and homages, the pushback he receives from showing them, and why he's OK with roasting in the Nashville sun ...

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'Vampires in the Lemon Grove' Collapses Boundaries of Genre and Human Possibility

Vampires in the Lemon Grove brings together eight stories of transmutation, transmigration and transgression for a collection that enchants and beguiles throughout.

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Stephen Chbosky's Love Letter to the '90s: 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower'

This provides plenty of nostalgia for ‘90s high school grads whose coming-of-age experiences involved ill-advised drug experimentation, late night viewings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and trading meticulously curated mix-tapes.

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Intergalactic War-Porn: 'Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome'

Set to the backdrop of familiar sets and costumes, with the same fracking space-slang and the same refreshingly diverse casting to reflect a post-racial, post-patriarchal society, the early moments of Blood and Chrome will be fun and nostalgic for fans.

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Perfect Twenty Years On: Ranking the Built to Spill Records

This year marks the twentieth anniversary of these indie rock stalwarts out of Boise, Idaho. To commemorate the occasion, PopMatters presents this ranking of their albums, from worst to best.

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Onuinu: Mirror Gazer

Onuinu combine the feel good dance grooves of Thriller-era Michael Jackson with old school rap flourishes and nods to European electronica for a sound that is self described as "disco-hop".

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Bladen County / Bad Cop Bad Cop

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Dancing to the Revolution: An Interview with Laetitia Sadier

Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab and Monade discusses her latest solo album, Silencio, and her unique blend of art and politics in a conversation with PopMatters.

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Grizzly Bear: Shields

Shields reveals new layers of emotional depth and aesthetic dimension for a band that continues to challenge and captivate in ways that are entirely their own.

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Thinking Food: John S. Allen's 'The Omnivorous Mind'

How do human beings “think food”? This question provides the impetus for John S. Allen’s sweeping inquiry into the evolutionary, cultural and cognitive processes that have shaped the human species’ relationship to their food environment.

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Capitol Hill Block Party: 20 - 22 July 2012 - Seattle

A weekend full of live music including performances by Neko Case, Aesop Rock, Major Lazer, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Twin Shadow, Youth Lagoon, Thee Oh Sees, Doomtree, Father John Misty, John Maus, Porcelain Raft, Spaceghostpurrp, King Tuff, Blood Diamonds and more.

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Mumbai’s Annawadi Slum: 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers'

It's unfortunate that Katherine Boo chose to frame her work within the conventions of the Western novel, particularly the overreaching and inappropriate device of third-person omniscient narration.

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Fang Island: Major

Fang Island mold an album's worth of catchy tunes from an unlikely blend of retro kitsch, music nerd obfuscation and hard rocking machismo.

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The Past, Present and Future of a Movement: 'The Occupy Handbook'

Democracy in America has always been an uneven and contested terrain. The founding fathers established the government’s system of checks and balances partly as a way to protect the ruling class from the threat of a voting public.

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Chess, Politics and the Act of Dying: 'A Partial History of Lost Causes'

The fact that Jennifer DuBois is crafting work with this kind of affective and philosophical substance while still in her 20s should let everybody who is concerned about the future of the novel breath a little sigh of relief.

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POP ETC: POP ETC

It is unlikely that any fans of the Morning Benders will have missed the fact that they’ve been reborn as POP ETC. Unfortunately, they may miss everything else about them.

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Rough Trade Records

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2:54: 2:54

2:54 is a promising debut that blends shoe-gazing shimmer with elements of metal, punk and alt rock.


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