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The Mainly Annual
EastWesterly Review/Postmodern Village
17th Annual Conference
Def/Mos Depp: a Deep Map of the Stratigraphy of Cool
by Tyrell Least-Heap Miles
With the temperature set at 15 degrees and a dress code of
all black (but not "goth black," and that was understood),
this presentation was a little like watching a hip-hop version
of the exploitation classic The Beatniks set in a Compton
barbershop. Try watching The Chappelle Show re-runs
in a French pub. It's interesting.
Flavor Slaver: How Rich Tastes Fuel Poor Oppression, or Lashins
for Fashions, a Biography of Consumer Guilt
by Bauer Klaiborne-Karan
Klaiborne-Karan tracks the career of a single Abercrombie
and Fitch t-shirt design from its inception as a cheap way for
the wealthy to slum to a slumland icon as a way of demonstrating
that the castoffs of the rich keep the masses in check: always
place the price tantalizingly just at the edge of affordability.
Rich people's discards and poor people's dreams collide and
collude to keep folks of color always on the run.
the Spiraling XXXesses of Online Porn as Metaphor for Irrational
by Milton Greens-Pann
It's not what you think—really. The spreadsheets Greens-Pann
provided were of the literal variety and matched the recent
market bubble to the spread of online erotica perfectly. But
here's the rub: the orgy is mostly over on Wall Street, while
the permeation of perv on the Web has just gotten to foreplay.
Shedoobee: Star Wars, the Ink Spots, and the Imperialism of
by Guin S. Alex
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and hegemony.
Health Care "Reform," Pharming the Devil's Middle
by Anton LeRoche
The charge by the Right that the Left is evil, and the charge
by the Left that the Right is the same may just mask a satanic
middle, contends LeRoche. Where better to hide than under the
cover of a bland reasonableness and willingness to compromise?
Perhaps. Still, the overlay of a pentagram on the map of health
care industry lobbyists' K Street offices may prove too convenient
for mere coincidence.
Halitosis, Halliburtion, and the Whitewashing of Whitehouse
PR, a How-to Tell-All in Three Octaves
by Kary Binaca Ratheon
Presaging Wikileaks' uncovering of massive problems in America's
campaign in Afghanistan, Ratheon shows how reading between the
lines of presidential press-secretary statements makes even
the most stoolish sing like the proverbial pigeon. And she did
it all while shattering wine glasses with her massive (and sweet-breathed)
Anus: Celebuporn Meats Medical Activism in the Age of Interactive
by Colin Keebler-Fields
British digestive biscuits aside, The Today Show's
episode of “Deep Inside Katie Couric's Bowels” was
visceral enough to earn it a bona fide public service sobriquet.
However, we'd do well to mind Keebler-Fields' warning: if they
insist on making sex vids, the least Paris Hilton et al. can
do is show us how to be safe about it.
Papers, Part 6