Any anniversary of a major event inevitably brings with it the usual by-the-numbers reminiscences. These are typically driven by a media desire for eyeballs and clicks, but occasionally the stakes are high enough to introduce more complex motivations. The 20th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq is one
I saw that Michelle Goldberg, perhaps inevitably, had yet another column referencing the dreaded “toxic masculinity,” one of those many terms that now exists almost solely to invoke a sense of disgust or antipathy in the reader rather than to serve as a clear referent for a recognizable phenomenon. This
Years ago, Mastercard launched its famous “Priceless” advertising campaign, the theme being that there are some things money can’t buy—a clever denigration of materialism in the service of a sale. For example: a professional baseball game setting with the superimposed words: “Tickets—$46. Concession—$26. Taking your son
There are two false dichotomies that routinely appear whenever the subject of nationalism comes up: the supposed distinction between patriotism and nationalism, and the one between “creedal” and cultural or ethnic nationalism. This topic was generally on my mind, as I was reading Steven Smith’s (very good) book: Reclaiming
After thinking more generally [https://www.strangefrequencies.co/no-other/] about underappreciated cultural artifacts, I was reminded of this piece I wrote for the now-defunct Rebeller on one of my all-time favorite shows. As that site no longer exists, I'm reposting it here. Underappreciation is a curious cultural phenomenon.
I’m not thrilled about it, but I figure Youtube clips are the most accessible vehicle for the tracks referenced here. Readers who enjoy the songs themselves are encouraged to seek them out in a more sonically appropriate format—whether higher resolution digital, vinyl, or what have you. Perhaps because