Jazz, film, and improvised culture.
Monday, October 22, 2018
Late Life: The Chien-Ming Wang Story
Baseball fans insist the National League rules are better than the American League’s, but the experience of Yankee ace Chien-Ming Wang o...
John Carpenter’s The Fog
It is odd John Carpenter’s immediate follow-up to Halloween does not hold higher esteem in horror fans’ hearts, because it co-stars Adri...
Sunday, October 21, 2018
Margaret Mead ’18: Tibetan Nomads in Exile (short)
The notion of “nomads in exile” sounds almost contradictory. They lead migratory, impermanent lives by choice—or at least they did befor...
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Criminal Element: The Woman in White
Perhaps fittingly, J.B.’s first piece for Criminal Element goes back to where crime fiction started, or at least when it first reached wid...
PFF ’18: I’m a Killer
During the 1970s, miscarriages of justice were commonplace occurrences in Socialist Poland. However, the stakes were particularly high fo...
Friday, October 19, 2018
Margaret Mead ’18: Rituals of Resistance
Just about everyone associates the Free Tibet movement with non-violence—specifically the 14 th Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way.” However, tha...
The Super: Renting in the City can be Murder
Eventually, every New Yorker has someone difficult move in next to them. Sometimes they are perfectly pleasant when you run into them in...
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Margaret Mead ’18: Nothing is Forgiven
Probably nobody has had such an up-close-and-personal perspective on Islamist intolerance and terror as Zineb El Rhazoui. With that insig...
Caniba: Problematic Experimental True Crime
Evidently, Japan does not have a “Son of Sam” Law, because if it did, Issei Sagawa probably would have starved. In a way, that would hav...
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Horn from the Heart: The Paul Butterfield Story
He was the apostolic link between Muddy Waters and David Sanborn. Paul Butterfield was the archetypal Chicago Blues Rocker, as his induct...
Margaret Mead ’18: The Flying Friar
Father Zvonko Martić is a priest and ethnographer, who exemplifies the best of both callings in a land that could use his diverse skill ...
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Margaret Mead ’18: Eastern Memories
It is easy to speculate why Finnish linguist and diplomat Gustaf John Ramstedt had such an affinity for the Mongolian language and people...
Margaret Mead ’18: Her Words (short)
In the poor and remote Jiangyong prefecture of southern China, they are mostly okay with Lisa See’s depiction of their culture in her nov...
Brooklyn Horror ’18: Wolfman’s Got Nards
The Monster Squad was the perfect cross between The Lost Boys and The Goonies , but unfortunately it opened in theaters two weeks after...
Monday, October 15, 2018
Margaret Mead ’18: The Groove is Not Trivial
There is more to traditional Scottish music than the bagpipes (but don’t get us wrong, the pipes are cool). The fiddle was a big part of...
Margaret Mead ’18: Ethiopiques—Revolt of the Soul
The only thing that can ruin good music is politics. In the late 1970s, Ethiopia had some of the world’s best music and the ugliest poli...
Brooklyn Horror ’18: Empathy Inc
Apparently, money really can buy anything, even including empathy. That begs the obvious question: if you don’t have it already, why wou...
Brooklyn Horror ’18: Tower. A Bright Day
There have been plenty of sisters in horror movies, such as The Shining, Twins of Evil , and A Tale of Two Sisters . Usually, it is immed...
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Heartland ’18: The Hello Girls
We forget how much effort once went into telecommunications (a word we hardly use anymore). These days, we can take a phone out of our p...
Saturday, October 13, 2018
Heartland ’18: Eternal Winter
Under Socialism, the state controls the means of production—those would be capital, natural resources and labor. That means your labor i...
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