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A Break(dance) From the Elections: The Streets Hit the Kabul Stage

Payvand Seyedali | Posted 07.09.2014 | Arts
Payvand Seyedali

In the midst of elections chaos, as allegations of fraud, ensuing demonstrations, and occasional disturbing silences rock through Kabul, these under-18s seem to have better things to do.

Multimedia Dance Performance Celebrates Harlem's Vibrant Queer Culture

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.22.2014 | Arts

"As Pittsburgh is a quiet and reflective city, I was afforded a lot of time to read and be inspired by famous black authors in Harlem," Kyle Abraham, ...

Fridays at Enrico's, Don Carpenter's No-Longer-Lost Last Book

Jane Vandenburgh | Posted 06.28.2014 | Books
Jane Vandenburgh

And so we are given, as lucky surprise, something no one thought to even wish for, as this is the great book of what it might have been when the West Coast's writing scene coalesced as something unto its own self in all its driving, original, dynamic and even belligerent childishness.

The Future Governor From Newhall

Lionel Rolfe | Posted 05.01.2014 | Politics
Lionel Rolfe

The obituary notice of a four-term California assemblyman who died at 86 the other day brought back memories of an odd and jarring time in my youth wh...

The Religious Counterculture: An Open Letter to Religious Liberals

Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons | Posted 03.26.2014 | Religion
Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons

We've become liberal about our liberalism, to our own detriment and that of the world. What if we could restore the radical edge and dynamic energy of religious liberalism? What would the world look like if, instead of advertising religion lite, religious liberals became the most observant people around?

Forever Stamped on Our Memory: Janis Joplin

R. Clifton Spargo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Fifty
R. Clifton Spargo

Janis Joplin sang old-soul blues in a raspy voice that slithered and surged effortlessly yet precisely through folk, through jazz, through psychedelic rock. She should have been turning 71 this weekend, approaching the age of old souls.

Taking It to The Streets

Jacob Devaney | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jacob Devaney

Let's explore two artists whose work would be at home in the finest galleries, but are not content to keep their art (or the inspiration it creates) confined to gallery walls and coffee-table books.

Christian Masculinity, The WWF And Unbelonging

Ryan Thomas Neace | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion
Ryan Thomas Neace

"Imagine 10,000 men, fathers, sons, brothers and Christ-followers, coming together to worship God and learn more about the life of true adventure He intends for us as men." That's an actual description of one such event. If you're like me, you're very, very nervous to read any further.

Is God A Minimalist?

Rev. James Ellis, III | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Rev. James Ellis, III

Contrary to popular belief, quality is not quantity's illegitimate child. Is it not better to have a congregation of 300 committed Christians than a stadium-sized assembly of 30,000 churchgoers who are there to be served rather than to serve?

Movie Review: On the Road

Marshall Fine | Posted 03.17.2013 | Entertainment
Marshall Fine

It's taken me a while to get around to it, but I wanted to offer a nod of approval for Walter Salles' On the Road, which came out in limited release at the end of 2012.

The Rise Of The New Spiritual Counterculture

Jonathan Talat Phillips | Posted 06.09.2012 | Religion
Jonathan Talat Phillips

Enthusiastic crowds have greeted me on my book tour. This shouldn't be happening as first-time author in a wilting publishing industry. But I've had a secret grassroots weapon, one that a lot of mainstream America doesn't know about.

Gavin McInnes' How to Piss in Public

Toni Nagy | Posted 05.28.2012 | Books
Toni Nagy

Gavin McInnes's memoir How To Piss in Public is one that I highly recommend. It's not only insanely hilarious in a mental hospital sort of way but it's also so outlandishly offensive that you get tricked into thinking it is totally politically correct.

How 'White Bread' Became 'White Trash'

Aaron Bobrow-Strain | Posted 05.23.2012 | Books
Aaron Bobrow-Strain

In 1970, Richard Pryor stormed off stage in the middle of his popular Las Vegas nightclub act, refusing to do another minute of "white bread humor."

Meme Wars and the Death of the Underground

Rajiv Naresh | Posted 04.17.2012 | Media
Rajiv Naresh

We must consolidate a singular identity. With 845 million users worldwide, Facebook has decided on behalf of the cyber universe that everything MUST be social. And the tyranny of a compulsorily social world is that it negates the possibility of the underground and the alternative.

Battle Of The Banana: Warhol Vs. Velvet Undergound

Posted 01.11.2012 | Arts

Andy Warhol's career was based on repurposing well-known celebrity images and brands, but now the Warhol Foundation has found itself in a heated battl...

'Scuse Me While I Kiss the Sky: Revisiting the Monterey International Pop Festival Through A Perfect Haze

Holly Cara Price | Posted 02.19.2012 | Books
Holly Cara Price

The Monterey International Pop Festival took place at such a guileless time that the promoters used the word "pop" in its title. Not long after this would have been unthinkable, after the lines were drawn between "pop" music and rock and roll.

Steve Jobs' Google of the 60s: Whole Earth Catalog Revisited (VIDEO)

Kirsten Dirksen | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green
Kirsten Dirksen

In this video, Shelter editor Lloyd Kahn shows us a rare first issue of the Whole Earth Catalog, takes us for a tour of his homestead and gives us a sneak peek of his upcoming book Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter.

What #OccupyWallSt Can Teach Us About Student Activism

Arjun Balaji | Posted 12.12.2011 | Home
Arjun Balaji

Occupy Wall St. could lay the necessary foundation for the next surge of student activism. And this time, we teenagers have mass communication at our disposal and a great deal of tension compounded by decades of silence.

Theodore Roszak, Who Defined Boomer Culture, Dies as American Vision Fades

Paul Kleyman | Posted 09.13.2011 | Politics
Paul Kleyman

Ted Roszak understood the fallacies of bipartisan deal-making as well as any social historian. He chronicled the arc of my baby boom generation from his books and was an original thinker.

American Terror

Madison Smartt Bell | Posted 05.29.2011 | Books
Madison Smartt Bell

How many of us are old enough to remember just how scary Charles Manson was, back in the day? Of course he and his minions only did away with half a dozen victims--not 10 percent of the people that die in car wrecks every day.

Is Adam Parfrey Really the Most Dangerous Publisher in America?

Anthony Papa | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anthony Papa

Adam Parfrey is the founder of Feral House, a counter-cultural publishing company that is as unique as it is controversial.

Remembering Tuli

Paul Krassner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Paul Krassner

My friend and counter-cultural icon Tuli Kupferberg was a dedicated truthseeker, and I'd like to honor that quality, and his memory, with a couple of truths.

Ben Talbert: Luck and Love Revisited

Robert Berman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Robert Berman

In the late 1960s, Ben Talbert became increasingly known for works depicting shockingly provocative sexual acts within the scope of pop imagery.

The Specter Of The Counterculture III: The Land Of False Dreams

James Block | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
James Block

What so desperately needs forgetting? Drink the Kool-Aid like Chance the Gardener and the very question recedes. Americans want to live in Pleasantville, and every pill they take and ad they watch is their friend.

Woodstock Film Fest -- William Kunstler

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Stewart Nusbaumer

A sensitive, truthful, insightful film about a lawyer who stood at the center of a confrontational movement as it spearheaded a political assault on injustice in America from Vietnam to the Chicago 7.