Christmas in the Summertime

Christmas in the Summertime

December 24th, 2009 | Posted in Foreign Postage

An intrepid reporter heads into the most notorious part
of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has the Christmas of his life.

By Ethan G. Salwen.

Po-Mo Nuggets in Contemporary Art

Po-Mo Nuggets in Contemporary Art

November 25th, 2009 | Posted in Arts & Culture

One instance of distinguishing the crap from the glory in contemporary art.
The recent paintings of Dickson Schneider, now on exhibit.

By Katina Huston.

Snapshots from the Sunset Strip

Snapshots from the Sunset Strip

November 11th, 2009 | Posted in Arts & Culture, Trends & Thoughts

The billboards on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles are big enough to see from the air.
A Hollywood insider interprets their true message — and explains the state of the entertainment industry.

By Donald Bull.

Sugar Time: Grown-up Chick Lit

Sugar Time: Grown-up Chick Lit

September 17th, 2009 | Posted in Fiction, Trends & Thoughts

An excerpt of a new novel, soon to be a major motion picture.
Not especially for children.

By Jane Adams

The “Rez Vote”

The “Rez Vote”

September 14th, 2009 | Posted in History, Native Country, Politics R Us

Politicians are kissing babies and munching fry bread on Indian reservations. It wasn’t always this way.

By Debra Utacia Krol.

This Summer at Surf City, USA

This Summer at Surf City, USA

September 8th, 2009 | Posted in Sports

An Orange County local reports that a townie from Huntington Beach made surfing history this summer.
At left, former champion CJ Hobgood at the original Surf City, USA.

Story and photography by Hoiyin Ip.

Hot Tamales: My Quest Through the American South

Hot Tamales: My Quest Through the American South

July 15th, 2009 | Posted in American Bulletin, Arts & Culture, Food & Drink

A culinary—and cultural—mission.

Story and photography by Sean David Hobbs.

Cartoon by Phil Witte

Cartoon by Phil Witte

July 6th, 2009 | Posted in Funnies, Politics R Us

Phil Witte is a distinguished Cartoonist-in-Residence at the Cartoon Art Museum.

A Madam’s Life

A Madam’s Life

July 2nd, 2009 | Posted in An Ear Inside, Trends & Thoughts

A true story.

By L.D. Kirshenbaum. Photo editing by Jain Lemos.

Candy Bar Smackdown

Candy Bar Smackdown

July 1st, 2009 | Posted in Food & Drink, Smackdown

NewsPlink sets up a match between two old-time choco-marshmallow bars,
and finds out about a recession-proof industry in the process:
Valomilk of Kansas vs. Rocky Road of California

Photography by Andrew McDonald.

Good-bye, Gypsies: The Loss of 1,000 Years

Good-bye, Gypsies: The Loss of 1,000 Years

June 30th, 2009 | Posted in Foreign Postage, History, NewsPlink Exclusive!, Politics R Us

A NEWSPLINK EXCLUSIVE!

Bulldozers in Istanbul, Turkey obliterate a once-thriving Roma neighborhood. Belly dancers, balconies, dancing bears and centuries of history join the rubble.

Story by Sean David Hobbs.
Photography by Sean David Hobbs, and Hacer Foggo of the Sulukule Platform.

Fine Oil Paintings of… Video Game Art

Fine Oil Paintings of… Video Game Art

June 29th, 2009 | Posted in Arts & Culture

James Barnett, Painter and Nerd, answers a few questions about his paintings.
His art doesn’t just imitate life. It imitates video games, which imitate life. Got that?

At left: Barnett’s “Goldrush,” based on Team Fortress 2, a squad-based multi-player shooter game.

Life in Tombstone, Arizona

Life in Tombstone, Arizona

June 25th, 2009 | Posted in American Bulletin, History, Photo Studio

The former boomtown that was supposed to die marks its 130th birthday.

Story and photography by Jain Lemos.

Hello Kitty Gets a Kilt: Why Tartans Matter

Hello Kitty Gets a Kilt: Why Tartans Matter

June 24th, 2009 | Posted in Arts & Culture, Foreign Postage, History

For the character who has everything.
So far, there are no reports of pink plaid bagpipes. Not yet.

By Christine Joly de Lotbiniere.

School of Blues

School of Blues

June 23rd, 2009 | Posted in Arts & Culture, History, Roots of Rock & Blues

Learning real blues from the real bluesmen in the place where it all began.

Katie Urbaszewski reports from Clarksdale, Mississippi.