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Postmodern

Blood Ain't What It Used to Be

John Corso | Posted 12.03.2012 | Detroit
John Corso

How can a substance that denotes death have such spectacular beauty? When we overcome -- or lose -- the cultural tendency to recoil from violence, we see blood's beauty and we marvel at splatter patterns, which recall astronomical formations.

Akin and the Medieval Worldview of the Right

Elizabeth Debold | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Elizabeth Debold

Todd Akin's views are positively medieval. I mean this literally. Medieval means prerational. And the problem is that rationality, the capacity to exercise reason, happens to be foundational to our form of democracy.

No Absolutes: A Shyster's Dream World

Charles Redfern | Posted 05.26.2012 | Religion
Charles Redfern

Don't ferret the truth -- because there is no truth. There are only positions and opinions and feelings and beliefs. One opinion is just as valid as the other in the rudderless sea and the clowns have tied down the anchor.

The Joys of Blogging

Richard Schiffman | Posted 03.18.2012 | Media
Richard Schiffman

I am one of the print writers who was dragged to the internet kicking and screaming. Now, you won't hear a peep from me. What changed this squawking, blogger-mocking crow into a grinning little dove of the blogosphere?

There But For The by Ali Smith: A Close Look at Where We Are Now

Nina Sankovitch | Posted 11.15.2011 | Books
Nina Sankovitch

There But For The by Ali Smith is a marvel of a novel, sweeping in purpose and magnetic in both the presentation of its cast of characters and the unfolding of its deceptively simple plot.

Modernist (R)evolution in Performance: Ralph Lemon's Middle Passage

Lisa Paul Streitfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Lisa Paul Streitfeld

In a final public adieu to postmodernism, Ralph Lemon transported himself into a multimedia star of a new constellation with his national tour of How Can You Stay in the House All Day and Not Go Anywhere?

A Big Win For Experimental Poetry

John Lundberg | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Lundberg

If you read a review of Keith Waldrop's "Transcendental Studies: A Trilogy," this year's winner of the National Book Award, there's a good chance it will include the word "postmodern" or "avant-garde.