Arts & Leisure

Why “normal Barbie” might not be the answer

Who knew a bunch of second-graders could make me so defensive about Barbie? You’d think I’d be past this. After all, I’ve had a lifetime of concerns about the plastic blonde. I’ve worried her famously out-of-proportion physique could lead to body image problems. I’ve recoiled when a talking Barbie declared…  [more]

Pop culture’s parentless playground

There has been much interest in a recent New York Times Magazine piece by A.O. Scott tracing the demise of American adulthood through the lens of popular culture. Citing the likes of Mad Men, young-adult fiction and comic-book movies, Scott observes that we have “witnessed the erosion of traditional adulthood…  [more]

Holy Ghost and the latest step in Korn’s spiritual journey

Holy Ghost, a new documentary from Darren Wilson’s Wanderlust Productions, spends a sizeable amount of time with two figures we’ve been following here at TC for quite a while: Brian “Head” Welch and Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu of the metal band Korn. Both have had highly public, though separate, conversion experiences,…  [more]

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