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  • All the Living Room’s a Stage

    published December 20, 2007

    Have you ever been at a restaurant, talking with a friend, when you sense suddenly that the table next to you is quieting down and obliquely... More >>

  • Daft Punk

    published December 13, 2007

    The '70s fell to Pink Floyd — and so the Zeroes have fallen to Daft Punk. The French duo started churning out techno/house/electronica... More >>

  • The ’20s All Over Again

    published December 13, 2007

    The 1920s were a great party had by all. Women sheared their hair into boyish bobs, voted, smoked, drank, got around, and called themselves... More >>

  • Gigi Dover

    published December 6, 2007

    So earthen is Gigi Dover's singing that it might be echoing through canyons on the seven continents right now, with or without her involvement.... More >>

  • Another Reason to Thank Japan

    published December 6, 2007

    Since about a half century ago, Japan has exported a range of delights to the world, among them: sushi, haikus, bonsai trees, Toyotas, gadgetry,... More >>

  • The Bassist of Modern Music

    published November 29, 2007

    Musicians and music buffs certainly remember Jaco Pastorius, the bassist who single-handedly changed the instrument forever. But if you... More >>

  • We’ll Show You Ours

    published November 29, 2007

    Imagining an audience naked is touted as a cure for stage fright. In Naked Boys Singing, however, the scenario is reversed: the... More >>

  • Chia's Pets

    published November 22, 2007

    It’s not easy to make sense of the artwork of Sandro Chia. For instance, in 1979, he painted this idyllic, inscrutable scene: a goat... More >>

  • Karate Chop!

    published November 15, 2007

    Karate, like Jackie Chan, is an import. After WWII, the U.S. military jacked it from the island of Okinawa and opened karate schools stateside,... More >>

  • Da Vinci’s Dodecahedron

    published November 8, 2007

    Nevermind tool making – if any trait distinguishes humans and animals, it’s our ability to doodle. Even our Presidents dabbled in it:... More >>

  • Da Vinci’s Dodecahedron

    published November 8, 2007

    Nevermind tool making – if any trait distinguishes humans and animals, it’s our ability to doodle. Even our Presidents dabbled in it:... More >>

  • Apocalypse Soon

    published November 1, 2007

    Space junk, iPhones, injuries on Dancing With the Stars. A trillion dollars expunged in Iraq while Bush vetoes healthcare for children.... More >>

  • Symphonic Scares

    published October 25, 2007

    Cast your mind back to a moment in your childhood -- you were hiding behind your living room couch watching a Disney movie; it was scaring you... More >>

  • Deliverance in the Everglades, With Cami Tops

    published October 18, 2007

    Blackwater, the paramilitary corporation, has been in the news lately, since its mercenaries recently shot up that Baghdad street. By chance, a... More >>

  • The Cribs

    published October 11, 2007

    "Our Bovine Public" starts off the new album by the Cribs as an opening shot across the bow of the container ship that is the modern... More >>

  • Early Arrival

    published October 11, 2007

    Dracula has come a long way since his stint in the mid-1400s as Prince of Wallachia. Now, centuries later, he’s the inspiration behind... More >>

  • The Silver Screens of Sodom

    published October 4, 2007

    The Bible is as much a guide to sex as the Kama Sutra is a guide to satellite repair. But fundamentalist Christians have extracted two... More >>

  • So, Einstein and Picasso walk into a bar…

    published September 27, 2007

    It’s a common question on dating sites: “If you could have dinner with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be?” Common answer:... More >>

  • Hello, Othello

    published September 13, 2007

    Shakespeare’s Othello is, among other things, the tale of a politician who doesn’t like the idea of certain people... More >>

  • To Act or Not to Act

    published September 6, 2007

    Our “post-modern” world is taking on the ambience of a cattle farm: ads are on the air now for Mirapex, a pill to treat restless-leg... More >>

  • Slang Phrase Architect Arrives

    published August 30, 2007

    “Booty call” has entered Webster’s Dictionary of the New Millennium: It’s defined as “a telephone call made to... More >>

  • I Have a Dream...

    published August 23, 2007

    The “struggling actress” is an old, anemic, American myth. David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive transmogrified the cliché... More >>

  • Dada Idol

    published August 2, 2007

    It was of one of man’s first utterances, a cry for father. It began its professional career in 1916 as the beloved sobriquet and rallying... More >>

  • Unearthly Pleasures

    published July 26, 2007

    The Abrahamic God may discriminate between the blessed and the damned, but the Steel Jackhammer Club and Video Lounge will be making no such... More >>

  • Rocky Horror Ensues

    published July 19, 2007

    In the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, visitors to monasteries are blessed with a bop on the head from a wooden phallus. According to myth, a... More >>

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