I find myself distracted outside Harajuku Station by a bevy of teenage manga nurses, rocker girls kitted out in knee-high black platform boots, black jodhpurs, black Lara Croft tops, and open, carefully starched lab coats, stethoscopes around their necks. The look clearly isn’t happening without a stethoscope. They’re doing the Harajuku hang – smoking cigarettes, talking on their little phones, and being seen.
Over 5,000 years ago, the ancient Egyptians were thought to have originated the battlefield practice of marking the location of the commander and rallying the troops with a standard.
The prominent standard employed in ancient Roman was a gold eagle, or aquila, which was considered more than just symbolic. In fact, a lost standard was deemed incredibly grave – and inauspicious. While no physical examples
The portrait of King Henry VIII that emerges from Margaret George’s charming, research-rich portrayal of the controversial monarch, The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by his Fool, Will Somers is of quite the fun guy. No, really
One of the more unexpected and interesting ways that digital media allows people to self-express is based on themes – sexual, aesthetic, ethnic, folkloric, re-inventionist. Insta-expressing, Facebook-statusing, Tweet-shouting and ViMEo’ing are pervasive and narcissistic, true, but also non-linear, fluid and freeing. Perhaps a tad too much. “Fragmentation is one of the defining traits of the historical moment we are living
“There’s a new culture shaping up, and while it’s certainly an improvement on the repressive society now nervously aging, there is a strong element of sickness in our new, amorphous institutions. The cure bears viruses of its own,” wrote the incomparable rock critic Lester Bangs in his famous – but <a href="http://stoogesforum.freeforumboard.net/t230-of-pop-pies-fun-by-lester-bangs