Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Love in the time of chains

Imagining the master-mistress relationship

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Wench Release Date: 2010-01-27 Publishing House: Amistad Rated: NONE List Price: 24.9900 Edition: (hardcover) Genre: Fiction Writer Dolen Perkins-Valdez had little to go on when the idea for her new novel first began to take shape. A few sketches, an archived newspaper advertisement, old university records — that such...

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Kiss me, I'm Gayrish

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2010-01-27 One sentiment was unanimous at the grand opening of Sparky’s Pub earlier this month – no one felt like they were in San Antonio. Overheard more than once were statements like, “I feel like we’re in Dallas, or I don’t know, maybe Chicago?” Owner Randy Cunniff...

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Rebirth

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Rebirth Composer: Lil Wayne Conductor: Lil Wayne Label: Cash Money Release Date: 2010-01-27 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Let’s be completely arbitrary here and say that the first rock song was Fats Domino’s “The Fat Man” (1949) and the first hip-hop song was “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” (1970)....

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The Ladies Man

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The Ladies Man Composer: T-Model ford Conductor: T-Model Ford Label: Alive Naturalsound Release Date: 2010-01-27 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording If the biggest blues names from Chess Records’ heydey had hopped a Greyhound, hightailed it out of Chicago, and returned to the South, their records might have sounded a lot like...

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End Times

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

End Times Composer: Eels Conductor: Eels Label: Vagrant Release Date: 2010-01-27 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Mark Oliver Everett started as something of a Beck imitator, so it’s fitting that he’s gotten around to making his Sea Change. This is the Eels’ frontman’s big breakup album, and for a guy who...

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Teen Dream

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Teen Dream Composer: Beach House Conductor: Beach House Label: Sub Pop Release Date: 2010-01-27 Rated: NONE Genre: Recording Beach House is a pretty perfect name for Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally’s warm and sleepy gloam-pop duo, but they might have called themselves Bring a Book. Teen Dream, like lounging...

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Bill Maher

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2010-01-27 Libertarian, political satirist, writer, stand-up comedian, and talk-show host Bill Maher is no stranger to controversy. A few of Maher’s loaded comments (one compared retarded children to dogs while the other questioned whether the terrorists involved in 9/11 were in fact “cowards”) caused major advertisers to pull...

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Family Day at Taichung City

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2010-01-27 As a prelude to the Asian Festival — Year of the Tiger (which takes place February 20), the Institute of Texan Cultures is hosting a family day in conjunction with the Taichung City Da Dun Cultural Exchange Exhibition. The exhibition includes more than 100 works of art...

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An Evening at the Theater featuring Dearly Departed

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2010-01-27 David Bottrell and Jesse Jones’s play Dearly Departed cleverly turns a dreadful Southern funeral into a screwball comedy. After a healthy breakfast of corn flakes and whiskey, Bud Turpin kicks the bucket, leaving his disgruntled widow Raynelle to plan his service (“Mean and Surly,” is what she...

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DeCoursey Lecture: Jared Diamond: Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed

Posted on Wed, Jan 27, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Release Date: 2010-01-27 Author Jared Diamond is one of those intimidatingly intelligent people who seem capable of practically anything. For starters, he speaks English, Latin, French, Greek, German, Spanish, Russian, Finnish, Indonesian, Italian, and several more bizarre languages. Using aspects of anthropology, ecology, and evolutionary biology, Diamond began writing...

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