Apologies and Re-branding, Oh! My

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Apologies and Re-branding, Oh! My Look what Patty found… Mac apologizes for its collaboration with Rodarte on the Juárez  collection and then decides to re-brand the whole line.  Check out the full piece  Here. Lest you start feeling all warm and cuddly about the energies wielded by blogosphere outrage,  please note that the Mac-Rodarte collaboration […]

Maquiladoras are In for Fall

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For those who religiously follow fashion’s every catwalk and wade through designers’ reported inspirations, this is unlikely to register as newness. But I’ll offer it up anyway because it has less to do with fashion and more with geographic citation as practice. A little while back, deep in the determinedly cosmopolitan exploits of  Vogue‘s André […]

KOTW: Brown Eyed Girls’ “Abracadabra”

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This kick is coming to you a li’l late in the week, I’ll admit, but you know how these U.S. national holidays can send your temporality, diets, and drinking/smoking moratoriums into a tailspin what with the all-too-early dwindling news of oil spills and an endless array of fourth of July debt relief ads streaming through […]

SOTW 11.15: “Defying Gravity” from Glee (feat. Lea Michele and Chris Colfer)

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There are some friends you haven’t seen in awhile with whom the conversation requires a little warm-up. Some superficial chit-chat here, a few perfunctory questions about how life has been going there. And then there are the friends with whom you pick-up as if you’ve never left off–as if the weeks, months or years between […]

Memento Mori

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They were five total strangers, with nothing in common, meeting for the first time. A brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel and a recluse. Before the day was over, they broke the rules. Bared their souls. And touched each other in a way they never dreamed possible.For a majority of the 1980s, my familys […]

Smooth Criminals: Michael Jackson & the Last ‘Thriller’ in Cebu

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Late last night, passing from the waning phase of my jetlag from the Philippines to the jarring realization that my actual sleep schedule in the States has always been fucked up, I sat in a stupor watching the relentless media coverage of Michael Jacksons death: the prurient repetition of the 9-1-1 phone call; the heartrending […]

Dispatch from Seattle | 2009 EMP Pop Music Conference

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This years  EMP  wasnt the business-as-usual, put-your-peepee-on-the-table and rumble caucus weve grown to love and (sometimes) resent. Just  last year, I emphatically referred to it as theschlongfest slow to change. What a difference 365 days make. There are too many reasons for this years bright and airy fissures. Im writing from the road, so permit […]

SOTW: “Doctor, Doctor” (dedicated to Dr. Jill Biden)

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Today’s quickie is dedicated to America’s “Second Lady,” Dr. Jill Biden, whose hair is so bouncin’ and behavin’ that she could very well pass for a soap diva from ’80s primetime. Some have compared her to  Linda Evans of  Dynasty. To me,her vibe feels a little more  Knot’s Landing  (“Back to the Cul de Sac”)–although […]

Dispatch from Albuquerque: The 2008 ASA Conference

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Experiencing homecoming in the abjection machine of an  academic conferenceproduces all kinds of interesting side effects. Some are physical: jeans become torture devices as you try and contain the bloating that comes with too many power bars, sandwiches, New-Mex gut bombs. Concealer edges out blush as the most important thing in the makeup bag. Or, […]

SOTW: “Cebu (’86 Mix)” by Pacifica, aka Mom and Dad

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You’ve probably noticed, dear readers, that our very own CBB has been on a hiatus from O!I most of this July, because of herBalikbayan  journey through the Philippines with  DJ Un-G. Landing back stateside can be tough, as I learned after many depressed, jet-lagged nights following  my own trip back (the first in over 20 […]