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“Free to Be…Consumers”

October 4, 2011 by


“Today, the utmost radical horizon of our imagination is global capitalism with a human face.” – Slavoj Žižek*     Now that the kids of America are officially back to school, it brings to mind the above commercial, which aired during last year’s back-to-school retail circus. The commercial, which is for Target, depicts three sisters, […]

A Love Letter to Cassette Tapes

September 13, 2011 by


I spent the first five years of my life not sleeping much. Much to the chagrin of my parents, I never hit that stage of early childhood where I finally slept a solid, semi-normal night’s sleep. I wasn’t necessarily disruptive, I just didn’t need to sleep that much. For those nights when I wasn’t tired […]

Helga’s Makeover, Part Two

April 8, 2011 by


After being slighted by her peers for failing to properly perform femininity, Helga takes action. She heads to the corner store for some teen girl magazines, which she slips in with her other “usual” reading at the store. Helga knows that the hyperfemininity of teen mags doesn’t mesh with the tough exterior she’s created. As […]

Helga’s Makeover, Part One

April 3, 2011 by


Like so many children of the nineties, I’m a huge fan of Hey Arnold!. Oddly enough, I always found myself identifying with Helga G. Pataki, the school bully and secret romantic. That disconnect between the bully and romantic personas, like the disconnect between Helga’s brusque demeanor and the girly pink bow she always wore, reflected […]