If The Ashlee Simpson Show had Continued…

On the laurels of her appearances in Nick and Jessica: Newlyweds, Jessica Simpson’s younger sister, Ashlee, landed her own reality show on MTV in 2004, entitled The Ashlee Simpson Show. Considering Ashlee Simpson had never before released any material and had only been known vaguely as “the girl on 7th Heaven,” …

Can’t Remember to Forget You: Or Lesbianism is so Chic

The latest video from Shakira, “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” vacillates between provocative and politically contrived from one moment to the next. Featuring Rihanna, it goes without saying that the content tends toward being sexually charged. But it raises the question: Are pop stars embracing lesbianic behavior for the sake …

The Difference Between Madonna Performing With Miley and Madonna Performing With Britney

If you still have yet to see the mash-up of Madonna’s “Don’t Tell Me” and Miley Cyrus’ “We Can’t Stop” on MTV Unplugged, you’re in for three and a half minutes of loaded pop culture history. The usual implications of Madonna glomming onto the latest–most youthful–thing have been unsurprisingly bandied. What …

Does Tama Janowitz’s Slaves of New York Still Resonate in Modern New York?

Tama Janowitz, a member of the literary Brat Pack crème de la crème, released the novel, Slaves of New York, in 1986. A selection of intertwining stories, the narrative focused on the struggle of pursuing a bohemian life (primarily in Lower Manhattan).Twenty-eight years later, it’s safe to say that the fundamental principle …

Friends Didn’t Fuck You Up. You Did It To Yourself.

VICE’s recent article in anti-celebration of the twentieth anniversary of Friends‘ debut is an all-out assault on the now classic TV show that, as much as I hate the term, defined a generation. In the campaign against it, Friends is accused of, among other things, having “a negative impact on our generation” …