Spring 2005

Letter from the Editor

We were somewhere around November on the edge of the high-speed desert when the drugs began to wear off. I remember saying something like "I feel a bit lightheaded; maybe we should just call this whole issue off…"


Visionary design in transportation engineering:
The High Hat Interview with Paul Hernandez

Madness In His Method
The unparalleled universe of Harry Stephen Keeler

The Joy of Slash
Why do women want it?

Looking Up In The Sky
Superman as Man and Myth

Opus Interruptus

Prison Funnies
Diesel Pete in action


21st Century Soul
Art and technology in the digital age

Joystick Envy
Being a gamer girl

Dude (Looks Like A Lady)
Another High Hat interactive crossword puzzle


The Bottom Shelf

Lost Edens, Unsung Heroes, and Metalheads on the Couch
Recent rock documentaries

Pops & Clicks

John Cage's place at the end of the century

John Peel
A fan's notes

Unlocking the Fragments
Captain Beefheart's Kandy Korn

Short Reviews
Jonathan Richman, Rick Nelson, and Oscar Brown, Jr.

Holy Poledo or Redon Redux
Dinosaur Jr. brings the revelatory

No Bolts From The Blueberry
Grasping at the meaning of the Fiery Furnaces' Blueberry Boat


Welcome Back, Stupid Viewers! You'll Watch Anything!
Adult Swim in the Stream of Consciousness

Show Me The Funny
Sketch comedy and the thinking man


Images of Democracy The Democratic Fiction
Groupthink as entertainment

The Children's Crusade
Democracy in Comics and The Incredible Story of Prez

Images of Bush
Seeing The President

Truth or Consequences
Gore Vidal's America



Images of Bush Gamer Girl Superman Cage Beefheart Sketch Comedy