New Mexico author John Biscello has never left his native Brooklyn. His whole being is rooted in that region where he spent his young life. His collection of stories, Freeze Tag, grows out of him in the same way he grew out of the NYC burough. His prose is his bone and marrow, and from […]
To readers who engage it fully, the book brings this tiny slice of Africa into both mind and body. The narrative, masterfully wrought across more than 400 pages, stimulates the intellect as much as the palate. An assemblage of recipes serves as the loom through which Black weaves the threads of her narrative.
Yeah, The Exorcist is misogynistic. But is that all it is? William Friedken’s 1973 horror classic The Exorcist, like the novel by William Peter Blatty, is more than just a story about demonic possession. It’s a manifestation of the most deep-seated anxieties in American culture at that time, many of which still exist today. Arguing that […]
Christ’s Transgendered Disposition Always in Plain View! It’s astonishing how most Christians fail to recognize Jesus of Nazareth’s transgendered disposition. Not only does it repeatedly reveal itself in the Gospels, it can be plainly – yes, plainly – seen in thousands of paintings, murals, stained-glass windows, storybook illustrations, and other artifacts across the vast body […]
Since its inception in 1964, the G.I. Joe action figure has undergone numerous redesigns which reflect ideological shifts in American social and political culture. Its most dramatic transformation came with the 1996-7 series G.I. Joe Extreme, which endowed its characters with uniforms linking their ultra-muscular bodies to military weapons systems. While on one level G.I. […]
When you “beef up” something, you improve it. When you don’t “beat around the bush” you go directly to “the meat of the matter.” If you’re a “couch potato” who “vegetates” in front of the boob tube all day then you’re undoubtedly sloppy, out of shape, listless, and dull. If you end up brain dead […]
In his movie Malcolm X, Spike Lee depicts–but sadly undermines–an incident that significantly impacted the slain former leader of the Nation of Islam. In the 30-second scene pictured above, Malcolm X (Denzel Washington) is approaching a building with three of his associates when a young white woman momentarily blocks his path and asks what she, […]