When something that we like, something that is usually in line with our "progressive" sentiments, reveals that the ethics of race and racism aren't as tidy as we had assumed, that structure begins to crumble. We become defensive.
At the risk of sounding ridiculous and terribly insincere, last Thursday was one of the most memorable days in my life because I had the chance to be part of the audience for a taping of my favorite television show, The Daily Show.
With the March 31 deadline to enroll in health insurance through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (or, to the rest of us, Obamacare) upo...
These are matters that any MFA applicant should think through, and you may want to look around.
The Colbert Report has argued that Colbert's character on the show is simply a conservative, bigoted persona who is simply a comedic archetype. But regardless, the actions of this persona do have repercussions -- intentionally, or unintentionally.
When we contemplate the tactical and strategic decisions on Russia, we need to keep in mind the conflict we have always had of how to push back on an illiberal regime, while at the same time send a message of friendship and even love to the Russian people.
Do not misunderstand. Some (most?) pop culture chyme comes predisposed to caricature, and frequently deserves parody (Hi, Kanye West). But in the case of a humble and heartfelt, low-budget moment, parody can also be the sincerest form of casual cruelty.
My wife and I hate cattle drives. Cattle drives are where large groups of people all do the same thing at the same time. First Holy Communion is an ...
Can an alternative New Zealand band match the mainstream success of an outfit that escaped Utah and avoided Las Vegas lounge act hell by continuing to beat its own drums until it finally got your attention?
The powerful, super-wealthy people at the top of the economic food chain have noticed all this populist stirring. Boy, have they noticed. In spite of all their power and wealth, they are offended that anyone is suggesting that the system should be tinkered with. They're speaking out -- in truly silly ways -- and putting their money where their mouths are.
The moment that David Brenner went on stage, the audience went nuts. As the comedians would say, he killed. His act was flawless, and Brenner soon became a regular performer at the club.
Those who insist the Bible is "literally true" have all but destroyed the very Bible they want everyone to take seriously.
As birds chirp and bees buzz, what cannot be denied is love, promising love. A smart, sweet and embraceable singing-songwriting duo known as The Sea The Sea convey all those feelings in a what's-old-is-new video that premieres here today.
Congrats to Vladimir Putin! His voter tampering has succeeded! (It's easy to vote the "right" way when you've got a gun pointed at your head). Just another day of democracy-in-action for good ol' Vlad.
Music and the careers of musicians need to be tended to like growing crops; you have to pay attention, be patient, keep working on them and help them thrive.
"I think it's super pop. I think it's pop, I think it's modern, I think it's current and it fits right in today with all of these danceable tunes. It does all of those things, it's drivable in the car. That's always the test."