96, Issue 57
LAST UPDATED: Friday January 10, 2003 - 3:00 p.m.Our obsession with the culture of celebrity
Although North Americans have been obsessed with celebrities since the days of silent film stars, this obsession seemed more profound than ever in 2002.
From the whirlwind relationship of J-Lo and Ben, to catching glimpses of Avril Lavigne's "back cleavage," to kids "becoming" their most idolized celeb for a day, the last twelve months have been a veritable heyday for America's celebrity-obsessed youth..
Couples who write together, stay together
When it comes to Canadian literature, Farley Mowat holds a very specific and influential place in the canon – and his wife Claire is marking out her own place in the Canadian tradition.
In his latest literary effort, High Latitudes, Canadian author Farley Mowat chronicles his trips to the Canadian Arctic, creating a wonderfully colourful memoir of the characters he met on his journey..
World Wide Wong: Another year, another undeserved Grammy
Every year we sit through countless hours of award shows – the Academy Awards, the Emmys, the MTV Video Music Awards, the VH1 Fashion Awards, the People's Choice Awards, the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, etc..
But lately, there's one particular show that gets the most amount of criticism for its questionable choices – the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science's Grammys.
Hot CDs in 2003: Manson, Matt Good and more
CD REVIEW: Kutless
A Kut below the rest
The album cover of Kutless's self-titled LP embodies all the stereotypes of modern "rock" – spiky hair, long sideburns, piercings and the boyish good looks of the lead singer. Unfortunately, the curtains match the drapes – their manufactured appearance translates into the same bland music that embodies most mainstream alternative-rap-rock..
CD REVIEW: The Raveonettes
Whip it out!
Based in Denmark, The Raveonettes are the latest addition to the garage rock genre. With brooding vocals backed by a growling wall of guitars, The Raveonettes' music offers some sincere originality. Each song on the album is written in the key of B flat, and uses only three chords.
A&E Roundtable: Do we blame games?
Welcome back to the 2003 edition of the new and vastly improved roundtable. With the help of Gazette graphics editor and video game junkie Christopher Hodge, we decided to debate the merit of violent video games.
The Pub Guy: The foolish and hungry
Disclaimer: The Pub Guy loves drinking so much, he would probably massage Marlon Brando's buttocks for half a beer. It's sad, but he thought you should know..
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