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PopSmarts: Trouble Shooting

I talk about a lot of different iterations of pop culture in these columns — film, literature, music, comics — but even the casual...

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PopSmarts: Yellow Perils

We’re well into Movember now, the month-long event wherein thousands of men worldwide grow mustaches to raise awareness of men’s health...

Current Events

Heroes And Villains: America’s Love And Hate Affair With Antiheroes

America's current crises reveal just how divided the national psyche is....

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PopSmarts: A Reputation For Difficulty

We who take it as a vocation to criticize the efforts of others must take great care to keep our own behavior above reproach. It is...

Keep It to Yourself, Music

Keep It To Yourself: TM Party Tonight!

  When you were in school you went to parties.  You sat around accomplishing not too much and, when The Tune came on, everyone...

Current Events

Popdose Politicks: Debt Ceiling! Shutdown! Fight, Fight, Fight! (Again)

Dw DUNPHY: Well, now that Syria has vanished from the front pages, Big Tea has refocused on the fight they really wanted: Running the...

Current Events

Popdose Politicks: On the Edge of the Syrian Seat

The drumbeat of war is tapping away again. How does the US stand to lose or gain from an act of aggression against Syria?...

Consumerism, Current Events

Ya-whom: Is The Marissa Mayer Narrative Unfair?

Marissa Mayer - forming the cult of Yahoo or the cult of Marissa Mayer?...

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PopSmarts: Heavy Elements

So this week the geek world (Doctor Who division) is abuzz over the announcement that cussy Caledonian Peter Capaldi has been cast as the...

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PopSmarts: The Cautionary Tale of Vitorino and Macarena

It’s high summer, and we’re in the midst of wedding season. And if you’re going to a wedding this summer, then there’s a chance...

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PopSmarts: The Theory of Aesthetic Stasis

I’ve been catching up on the Entertainment Geekly podcast this week (which is my own damned problem, I suppose), and I was struck by an...

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PopSmarts: Sting’s Library

Like a lot of people, I have trouble taking Sting seriously — as seriously as he takes himself, anyway. But I must admit that I greeted...

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PopSmarts: Let Nothing Come Between Us

One of the most anticipated television events of the summer is Under the Dome, a 13-week summer series adapted from the Stephen King novel...

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PopSmarts: This Summer I Hear the Drumming

Last week saw the anniversary of one of the most horrific events in American history, the shootings of four unarmed college students by...

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PopSmarts: Looking for God in “Toy Story”

It’s not a revelation to anyone, anymore, to point out that Hollywood is no longer in the business of original ideas. It takes a great...

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PopSmarts: Going Clear with William Burroughs

The works of William S. Burroughs are often lumped in with the Beat school; but although he was friendly with leading figures in the...

Current Events, Keep It to Yourself

Keep It To Yourself: The Writing On The Wall

So I’m standing on the 7th Avenue subway platform in lower Manhattan, circa 1983.  Two knuckleheads are discussing a picture of a baby...

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PopSmarts: The Judas Gospels

 And so we come, by the turning of the year, to the end of Shrovetide and the beginning of the Christian liturgical calendar. When I was a...

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PopSmarts: Damned By Dawn!

It’s coming on St. Patrick’s Day now. That’s when all the amateur Irishmen come out for a night on the piss and an annual flirtation...

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PopSmarts: The Camera Always Lies

I’ve always been a know-it-all. I was the kid who actually did read the encyclopedia for fun, and I carried my reputation as a fount of...

Current Events, Dw. Dunphy On...

Dw. Dunphy On… The Improbable New York Mayor Ed Koch

Former New York Mayor Ed Koch died early Friday morning, February 1, at the age of 88....

Current Events, Film, Keep It to Yourself

Keep It To Yourself: My Precious

In a hole in the ground there lived a lawsuit.  Not a nasty, dirty, wet lawsuit, filled with the ends of contracts and an oozy smell, nor...

Current Events

Opinion: Why We Need The New Year

If it's only one year long, why did 2012 make us feel so old?...

Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: If Laws Can’t Curb Guns, How About Shame?

A newspaper's map of permit holders points a way forward if gun control fails....

Current Events

Just Remember, It’s Your Fault

The NRA redefined Epic Fail in December 2012....

Books, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Please Judge These Books by Their Covers

I hope you're proud of yourself, E.L. James....

Newtown school shooting

Current Events

On America and Its Guns

Now is not only not the wrong time to talk about this, it's the only time....

Consumerism, Current Events, Keep It to Yourself

Keep It to Yourself: Just Desserts?

  I scream, you scream, we all scream for hardcore pornography! Hippie royalty Ben & Jerry were not amused when L.A. smut...

Current Events, Political Culture

Political Culture: Lose Your Delusion

GOP: Time to give the Outrage Loop a rest....