A Dozen Ways of Answering Vanity

A Dozen Ways of Answering Vanity

26

Dec

2011

1.  EVASIVE:  Do you think you're a nasty girl?2.  DEMOCRATIC:  All right, everybody, let's get a show of hands.  If you think she's a nasty girl, raise your hand and say 'aye'.3.  PSYCHOLOGICAL:  It's not really important whether or not I think you're a nasty girl.4.  SOCIOLOGICAL:  Just because society thinks yo ...
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Indifference Has Won, Won, Won: 2011 in Rock & Pop

Indifference Has Won, Won, Won:  2011 in Rock & Pop

23

Dec

2011

Also country, dance, and, well, everything that isn't metal or rap.  There's a lot of ladies on this list, and a lot of stuff from foreign countries, and two records by Texas-based singer-songwriters on MCA's phonus-bolognus country subsidiary.  I realize that my picks this year read like those of a crazy person, and I'm ...
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The Radio Don’t Play the Shit I Used to Love: 2011 in Hip-Hop

The Radio Don’t Play the Shit I Used to Love:  2011 in Hip-Hop

21

Dec

2011

People are still making rap music!  Can you imagine?  Maybe it's not a trend after all.  Foxy grandma even noticed some beats being jacked when she was watching Glee last week.  Thank goodness for the internet, where we can keep on arguing about 'relevance' and 'credibility' until the return of cows.  Meanwhile, here' ...
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A Thousand Flavors of Heavy: 2011 in Metal (and Beyond)

A Thousand Flavors of Heavy:  2011 in Metal (and Beyond)

21

Dec

2011

If you get paid to write about music, you have to make top ten lists at the end of the year.  If you fail to do this Dave Marsh comes to your house and reads you Bruce Springsteen on Tour:  1968-2005 in its entirety.  So, here goes, first with my metal picks, then hip-hop, rock/pop, and finally, on Christmas Eve, my fav ...
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

19

Dec

2011

Gotham's Crown Point Currency Exchange is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  That is why Julian Gregory Day is there."I don't sleep much anymore," he explains to the man in line behind him, an army-coated Croatian with a bandage on his ear through which fresh blood can be seen.  The next time the Croatian sleeps, he wil ...
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The Skids And How To Hit Them

The Skids And How To Hit Them

5

Dec

2011

George Orwell was right about a great number of things, and he was right about them in an extremely eloquent and insightful way.  Never was he righter, and never more insightful, than in Chapter III of Down and Out in Paris and London, where he describes the stroke of bad luck that reduced him from working for a subsistenc ...
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Your Hisses Are Wasted On Me

Your Hisses Are Wasted On Me

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Dec

2011

Dear geeks,Congratulations!  It is my understanding that you have taken over mainstream culture recently, and while this has caused consternation in certain quarters, I am the magnanimous sort, and besides, whenever someone says the words "culture war", my eyes glaze over like a Honey Baked Ham.It has, however, come to my ...
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