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The Mainly Annual
EastWesterly Review/Postmodern Village
17th Annual Conference
Wii Know Veritas: Cultural Connectivity and Nintendo's New World
by Princess Piëch
The global reach of the networked game console has brought
together people who might otherwise not interact, revealing
our ignorance of one another, Piëch contends. This is good,
but we're also wasting so much time gaming that we fail to bathe.
Is body funk the price of world peace? I can think of worse.
One day, maybe, we'll all be judged by our ability to virtually
bowl and not by the color of our pasty, smelly, adipose-tissue-covering
Foose, and the Little G-Body: Imagination, Extremes, and the
Redefinition of the Possible in Automotive Customization
by Vaughn Dutch Prudhomme
Who knew the Swiss were crazy for Corvettes and that the Germans
and French get off on old American muscle cars? The attendance
for this single presentation, and the resulting burnout contest,
came close to violating Switzerland's strict noise regulations—and
the border was 40 kilometers away! Still, I'm not sure the Crunk
Car should have steered quite so hip-hop.
d' Souffle: Down Home Cookin', New Wave Style
by Guy F. Trouffles
For the record? Grainy, jump-cut-laden photography of food
preparation just made us all a little nauseated, not salivatingly
hungry. But you know, the ribs wuz genius.
Rind of the Ancient Mariner: Encompassment and Encrustation,
the Classics as Organic Cultural Infrastructure
by Char T. Ruse
Rather than being moldy oldies, the classics permeate a culture
through a sort of active aging process, making us actually sharper
and more pungent as a strain of beings. They make us older,
sure, but also more green. It's a Calvinoesque idea, but one
finds it better served with the traditional host of crackers
Holders: Tea Party Activism, Bitter White Men and the (All-Too)
Personal Politics of Post-Feminism
by Hanisch Paulin
Paulin's idea that the Southern Strategy led to a bunch of
rednecks feeling like they were victims of a broken promise
still doesn't explain how they're anything other than bigots.
What We Mean When We Lie About Oil: a Revelation in Tainted
by H. Wood Carver
The churning tub of unguent saltwater on the podium began to
stink like sulfur as Carver analyzed the terms "spill,"
"accident," "drill," "energy independence,"
and "get my life back." If you're not yet convinced
that petrol is the devil's fuel, perhaps you've never been one
of the "small people." As the efficiency champ of
its era advertised, "small is beautiful."
Pop Culture and the Magical Tyranny of Pantone
by Char T. Ruse
If you were wondering how suddenly all the colors of everything
changed from year to year, Ruse provides an answer, albeit one
that defies traditional rationality. But then, what is fashion
if not the magical thinking that says looking good is tantamount
to being good? That notion and an avocado green refrigerator
will preternaturally dispel an entire room of HGTV designers,
so maybe she's not all wrong.
Papers, Part 4