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A Review of The Silent History

April 19, 2013

 Pictured above: The Silent History app, and two of Silent History's creators: Eli Horowitz and Kevin Moffett Editor's Note: For those who have been reading or following The Silent History, a serialized fiction experience delivered via iPho [...]

A New Way to Read Music

April 17, 2013

New systems (and apps) are best when they solve problems, but learning to read Western music notation isn't a problem that requires a solution.


Spring Media Consumption List

April 16, 2013

ALL OVER THE INTERNET Recycled Movie Costumes: The costume from Downton Abbey that looks curiously familiar? This Tumblr will tell you where you've seen it before. Guaranteed to suck away at least thirty minutes of your valuable time. Your LL Bea [...]

A Syllabus of Fakery

April 3, 2013

Because April 1, the day known as April Fools’ Day or All Fools’ Day—along with May Day—is my favorite holiday, I have often wondered how it has escaped the commercialization or monetization that accompanies almost every other holiday in th [...]

March Madness for Book Lovers

March 5, 2013

It's March and the Great AMERICAN NOISE MACHINE is ratcheting up the decibels, promoting the hysteria known worldwide as March Madness. The 75-year-old basketball tournament, which began with 8 teams competing, has turned into an international spec [...]

Those Glorious Fan Magazines

January 31, 2013

The following post by Anne Helen Petersen is part of our online companion to our Winter 2013 issue on Classic Hollywood. Click here for an overview of the issue. ——— We know what Hollywood publicity looks like today: proliferating [...]

Unusual Books: January 2013

January 1, 2013

Editor's note: We are very happy to announce that Robert Birnbaum, longtime contributor to The Morning News and Identity Theory, will also be joining VQR on a monthly basis to share a selection of unusual finds. Look for him the first Tuesday of ev [...]

The Media Consumption List: 2012 Edition

December 21, 2012

This is no "Best Of" List. It's no Top Ten. Rather, it's a highly subjective list of the most compelling media objects, broadly defined, that I've encountered and endorse in my capacity as a media studies professor-doctor of celebrity gossip-Twitte [...]