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Art of the Hole Dept.
Attention, admirers of quirky kitsch and over-the-top aesthetics: hit PAUSE on that Belle and Sebastian record for a second.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  June 02, 2010


Going for Gold Glossary

Jump Starts
The Summer Olympics are fairly easy to comprehend for the average couch tuber: people running, hoisting, swimming in synch — all fairly quotidian activities.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  February 17, 2010


The Phoenix cleans up at NENPA

Tooting Our Own Horn Dept.
Was 2009 a good year for newspapers?
By: LANCE GOULD  |  February 10, 2010


Rainbow Nation

The US isn't the only country exploring its complex racial history. South Africa prepares for its moment in the sun.
After a torturous history of being treated like second-class citizens, the black population in this country stunned the world by pulling off the unimaginable: voting a black man in as president.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  January 28, 2010


Interview: Ozzy Osbourne

The belles lettrist tells all
Long before he bit the heads off bats and doves, Ozzy Osbourne worked in a cheerless abattoir in the hardscrabble Aston section of Birmingham, England, where for 18 months he held such titles as "cow killer," "tripe hanger," "hoof puller," and "pig stunner."
By: LANCE GOULD  |  January 29, 2010


Review: Skin

Love will tear us apartheid
"The definition of a white person is a person who in appearance obviously is a white person . . . or who is generally accepted as a white person and is not in appearance obviously not a white person."
By: LANCE GOULD  |  January 13, 2010


Review: Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

In playing evil ex-Chipmunk-band manager Ian Hawke, comedian David Cross draws the Short Straw of Irony, being dealt the line "At least I still have my dignity."
By: LANCE GOULD  |  December 22, 2009


Review: The Yes Men Fix The World

Anti-capitalism hoaxes occasionally misfire
Is capitalism on the ropes, or what ?
By: LANCE GOULD  |  October 21, 2009


Interview: Jane Goodall

Jane Goodall on her new book, North Korea, and Bible-thumping conservatives
If only there were more trees to be torn down, we could utilize them . . . to fill newspapers with the endless depressing stories out there about the environment and all its hapless inhabitants.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  September 23, 2009


Interview: Judd Apatow

On the making of his Citizen Kane
Behind every successful comedian, there's . . . a personal assistant. Who, given how egomaniacal and utterly misanthropic the funnyman in question is, is probably his best friend, too.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 29, 2009


Review: Afghan Star

Moving, chilling
The Russians couldn't conquer Afghanistan, and to this point neither have the Americans, but it seems a televised singing-competition has.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 28, 2009


Review: Funny People

Judd Apatow pulls no punchlines
What if Terms of Endearment had had more dick jokes?
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 29, 2009


Review: The Unmistaken Child

A fascinating, if disturbing, look at how the Dalai Lama's enlightened sausage is made
After the 2001 death of Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Konchog, his disciple Tenzin Zopa is charged with tracking down his reincarnation.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 15, 2009


Review: Burma VJ

Showcases the heroism of ordinary Burmese people
Unlike totalitarian states with cult-of-personality frontmen, Burma's government is a nameless, faceless junta.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  June 16, 2009


Review: Moscow, Belgium

Tired mom meets 'viking' trucker
Matty (Barbara Sarafian) is a weather-beaten wreck, a postal-worker mom of three whose vacillating husband has (pretty much) left her for a younger woman.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  April 21, 2009


Busting Balls: 20 ways to improve sports

We blow the whistle on the ridiculous rules and quirks that make the games lame
College football is stupid. Everybody knows it.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  January 12, 2009


Naming convention

We asked, you answered: our readers text in votes for Sarah Palin's next baby name
Gwyneth had Apple. Posh had Brooklyn. And moose-killing miracle mom Sarah Palin beat them all with Trig Paxson Van Palin, a name so cool that it rhymes with “Eddie Van Halen.”
By: LANCE GOULD  |  September 23, 2008


The 16 greatest stoner movies

Our favorite marijuana movies
We’re picking the best 16 stoner films of all time — one for every easily weighable segment of an ounce.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  August 11, 2008


Vote the rock

Prince bows to King Dylan
The Republican and Democratic conventions are still more than a month away, but that doesn’t mean the summer has been an electoral wasteland.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 16, 2008


Musical melee

Update: Dylan vs. Prince
An old, grizzled white guy, once considered a maverick but now an entrenched member of the establishment, is challenged by a younger, popular African-American upstart.
By: LANCE GOULD  |  July 09, 2008
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