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Cajun Our Way: A Popeyes Odyssey

An autobiography through the lens of a single, spicy obession....

In Memorium:  Popeyes founder Al Copeland The consumption of a good piece of Popeyes fried chicken requires a certain degree of caution. And like a fine wine sniffed and rolled, there are rules:  the lips should delicately trace the layers of skin as the batter is cautiously crunched. Move too fast, and the thick aroma […]

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Anger in Twitch-y Times: An Interview with John Cale

Velvet Underground agitatator and solo provocateur John Cale talks Anger, Twitching and Artistry

John Cale has had too many lives to count, but none of them seem quite the one he wanted. For decades he’s seesawed between the accessible and the avant-garde, furiously searching for an intangible sound just out of reach. Of course, he’s found quite a few things along the way. He produced seminal recordings by […]

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SCALING LINCOLN: A Reflection on Patriotism, White Privilege and the Elasticity of Our Ideals

DC belongs to all of us, but for four years, it felt like it was mine and mine alone.  Needless to say, this is a story of immense white privilege. In 2000, at just a tic over 18 years old, I moved into George Washington University’s Thurston Hall, a mega-Dorm for freshmen. That put me […]

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Future Feminism and the power of Yes

Sackler Center assistant curator Carmen Hermo on her mission and recent rise

If New York’s cultural titans ever held a highbrow rumble royale, MoMA, the Whitney, Guggenheim, and Brooklyn Museum would each make strong contenders for heavyweight ruler of international art. But Carmen Hermo wouldn’t be able to play favorites. Possessing one of New York’s most discerning eyes, the up-and-coming curator has had a finger in each […]

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THIS CAN KILL: An Interview With Joy Division / New Order Original Peter Hook

An Intimate discussion of Joy Division, Factory Records, New Order and the tension/dischord that inspired it all...

For a living legend, Peter Hook sure knows how to keep cool. A founding member of mythical post-punk progenitors Joy Division, Hook went on to spend two-and-a-half decades playing to sold-out stadiums as a member of New Order. Between that and the legendary excesses of mid-’80s Manchester, it’s wonder he’s still standing. He lived through […]

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Lost Library Privleges

What happens when the need to preserve flies in the face of family?

My father became a high-school librarian the year I was born. Each birthday brought a tick to his tenure, another 12 months of his rule over rubber stamps and drawers of confiscated pornography (the library was where, at nine years old, I first saw “real” breasts). I remember visiting the tall brown stacks in his […]

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A Ventilator Story

Into the ether with the Beepy Muck Muck Blues

I was on a ventilator once, so close to dying that they actually called a chaplain in (it’s been 10 years but you can still see the cleft in my throat from my tracheostomy). The doctors told my family to rush back to the hospital, that this really could be it. I, meanwhile, floated in […]

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INTERVIEW: Michael Moore Ain't a Sicko, but He did Give Me a Cold

Writhing in bed, I snort as my chest convulses, snot dripping on the sheets. This is the flu that Michael Moore gave me. No mixed metaphor here, the man fielded questions and criticisms and managed to maintain his, sharp dry wit, all while coughing on this lowly reporter. His politics are like a disease (this […]

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INTERVIEW: Bill Maher thinks American’s are gluttonous pigs

It’s 6 a.m., way past bedtime. He’d like to lie down, but instead Bill Maher pours over another page of scathing commentary. As long as Americans are idiots, Maher will have plenty of work to do, at least that’s the way he sees it. His days of ticking away the hours with celebrities and big-name […]

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Virtue Roulette at the Outrage Emporium

On Dave Chappelle and why we can't cherry-pick the fruits of intersectionality

In today’s virtue roulette at the outrage emporium, we on the left are engaged in the inane act of cherry picking lines from comedian Dave Chappelle’s new special, The Closer, to support the argument that, when it comes to comedy and critique, vulnerable groups ought to be immune. In the special, Chappelle levels brutal attacks […]

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