pop-culture

Born to Be a Cliché: Why We Don’t Care That Bruce Springsteen Is a Phony

Lots of American men want to be Bruce Springsteen — including Bruce Springsteen. Early on in Springsteen on Broadway, an intimate two-and-a-half-hour concert filmed over two…

This Is What Happened When Dave Navarro Stole a Dude’s Taco Bell Tattoo

By all accounts, Dave Navarro is the definition of Live Más. The rocker-turned-reality host spent the last three decades climbing the charts with Jane’s Addiction,…

An Oral History of ‘Mortal Kombat’

If Mortal Kombat had followed its original trajectory, it would exist in a paltry 200 arcade cabinets, collecting dust in hipster arcade bars scattered across…

One-Hit Wonders Who Deserve a Second Chance

Has there ever been a pop culture category more ruthlessly defined and more fundamentally inexact than “one-hit wonder”? Pull up Wikipedia’s one-hit wonder list and…