Spring 2004

Letter From The Editor
“We at the High Hat are thrilled to buck the odds to deliver this, our third issue.”


Top Tens of 2003

Brent Bozman

Hayden Childs

McChesney Duntz

William Ham

Dana Knowles

Gary Mairs

Leonard Pierce

Michael Tomczyszyn

Scott Von Doviak

George Wu

Algonquin Kids' Table: Top Ten Lists of 2003


Confessions of a Househusband
Hi, my name is Chris, and I am a househusband and stay-at-home dad.

The Men You Hate to Love
There’s a thin line, they say, between genius and madness. There’s also a thin line between being a talented and idiosyncratic creative artist and being a complete asshole.

Chicken Shit Bingo
You blink for a couple seconds as the door at the end of the bar opens, and the blast of concrete-and-tar-flavored Texas sun tunnels in. You squint at the man dressed in black leather vest, guitar and amp in hand, silhouetted against the fire exit. How can a man dress like that in this heat and stay cool? He can if he is Dale Watson.


The Comic Book of Revelations
Craig Thompson’s Blankets

Notes on Teratoid Heights and the “Fort”

Ain’t No Rag: Freedom, Family, and Flag
A specter is haunting my life: the specter of Charlie Daniels.

A Pox on the Know-Nothings!
The Baffler and the Boob Jubilee.

Pops & Clicks

Words & Music: Stephen Clair
Little Radio and “My Understanding”

Jo Jo Redux
The Modern Lovers at 32

Legends That Almost Were
The Slow Bar and the Bis-Quits

Kings of This Island Town
Fountains of Wayne

Clumsy Lovers: After the Flood
This is what Dave Matthews wishes he sounded like

The Man Comes Around
Saying goodbye to Johnny Cash

The Two Best Albums of 1993
The Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen and American Music Club’s Mercury reconsidered

20th Century Music 101, Part II
What we talk about when we talk about music


It’s Not TV — It Just Blows!
“Carnivàle,” “K Street,” and “Angels in America”

That Holiday Spirit
A blow-by-blow report on the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade


Delicate Renaissance
Films from the Former Yugoslavia

The Bottom Shelf
Year-End Edition

Underground Men
American Splendor and Bad Santa