The Woman Behind “Happy Birthday to You”

The story of Patty Smith Hill, the woman who wrote "Happy Birthday To You"
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Not Quite Right: The Father Daughter Dynamic in the Cosby Show

The father daughter dynamic in Cosby's show reveals how enmeshed we are in rape and misogynistic culture.

Arnold Schwarzenegger: A Kinder, Gentler Action Hero?

Two articles look at the movies of Arnold Schwarzenegger through the lens of gender studies and feminism.

Inside Early Hollywood’s Obsession With Age

How did Hollywood portray aging stars in a time before Photoshop?

The Grateful Dead, Tape Trading, and the Music Industry

What the difference between tape trading and bootlegging in rock music?
Lorne Malvo

From Twain to Fargo: the Outsider in American Storytelling

The Lorne Malvo character on the new Fargo TV series, is like the character Satan in Mark Twain's final novel, The Mysterious Stranger.

Black Death and the Godz of the New Pop Art

Have you ever tried to convince an atheist that they should believe in god? There’s a similar difficulty ...
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Bill O’Reilly: The Thug Life

The O’Reilly Factor follows a “set of binary codes of the form sacred vs. polluted,” expressed in a number of ways according to sociologist Matthew Norton.

An American in Paris: Onstage and Onscreen

Whatever your thoughts on the Broadway production, An American in Paris is a big deal in the history of movie musicals.

Why You Know Marc Maron Better Than Your Own Family

How the transmedia work of Marc Maron engages with fans.