Angelou’s Self-Actualization in Gather Together in My Name

Gather Together in My Name by Maya Angelou (Random House, April 2009) A personal account of her teenage life as an African-American mother, dancer,…


Breaking Porn Taboos: A Review of Hot Crazy Mess

Hot Crazy Mess (HCM) is a new site from the increasingly popular Nubiles Network, probably best known for MomsTeachSex and PetiteHDPorn. HCM traffics…


I Just Wanna Grill: A Meditation in Appreciation of My Morning Jacket’s It Still Moves

It Still Moves by My Morning Jacket (ATO Records, September 2003) A wise man once asked: “Why do the nations rage, and the peoples plot in vain?” Why…


Destroy All Men: An Analysis of About Last Night

I bought a DVD player from Target, and maybe I should have gone to Best Buy, because what I didn’t realize was that what I got wasn’t what I’d paid…


Mass Media

Mass media is a fully autonomous institution that plays by similar rules as other institutions. It has its own patriarchs, its own deans, its own…


Not for the Faint of Ear: An Analysis of the Mars Volta’s The Bedlam in Goliath

The Bedlam in Goliath by the Mars Volta (Universal Motown Records/Gold Standard Laboratories, January 2008) Have you seen the living? Tired of their…


Forgotten Flanders Fields: A Review of They Shall Not Grow Old

Cinema as an art form has always had the power to shock and horrify. Think of Italian horror films such as Cannibal Holocaust, Lars von Trier’s…


Third Man on the Mountain is a Retroactive Critique of a Postmodern West

When Walt Disney’s Third Man on the Mountain was released in 1959, it was another family-friendly movie based on the children’s novel Banner in the…


The Platonic Alcoholic: A Review of Bad Sex by Clancy Martin

Bad Sex by Clancy Martin (Tyrant Books, September 2015) I’m not a big fan of drug war rhetoric. Contra to decades of D.A.R.E. propaganda and…


Verses of a Dirty Old Man: A Review of What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire by Charles Bukowski

What Matters Most is How Well You Walk Through the Fire by Charles Bukowski (HarperCollins, March 2009) I feel that this is a work that is deserving…