Matthew Callan blogs daily at MSN Sports Filter. He has contributed to the NY Press, NPR, and "Excelsior You Fathead", a biography of Jean Shepherd. His Freezerbox piece "The Lemon Pledge" was given honorable mention in the 2003 edition of "Best American Non-Required Reading," and his fiction has been shortlisted for contests in Zoetrope: All-Story, Bomb magazine, and other publications.
Barry Bonds: From graceful base thief to pumped-up syringe-dart target.
04.10.2006 | BOOKS
The Body is Good Business
Gay TV for straights is here. But what does it mean?
08.04.2003 | SOCIETY
Meet the New Boss
We should all feel glad that Henry Kissinger isn't running the 9/11 probe, but we shouldn't be too happy about his replacement, either.
01.17.2003 | POLITICS
The Highlight Reel
Why does the media feel the need to reflect on something that still exists?
09.05.2002 | SOCIETY
Leap of the Faithless
It can be lonely being unpious in this suddenly righteous nation of ours. That doesn't mean the holy should be doing all the talking.
07.11.2002 | CULTURE
The Lemon Pledge
A view of the Pledge of Allegience, from the perspective of a childhood spent avoiding it.
07.11.2002 | CULTURE
Palestine By George Lucas
The menaces we have to fear are not in phantoms, but in ourselves.
05.22.2002 | POLITICS
The New Medicine Show, In a Series of Ones and Zeros
There is a program that knows you are looking at this page right now--among other things.
01.26.2002 | INTERNET
Al-Qaeda Ate My Student Loans
In a debt-driven economy, some obligations are harder to pay than others.
12.24.2001 | SOCIETY
The Alibi of Broadway
Mayor Giuliani urges New Yorkers to spend, spend, spend. Unfortunately, the city his administration created was never meant to include New Yorkers.
11.02.2001 | POLITICS
On Your Knees, Teach
The New York City Board of Education is a cruel mistress. Luckily, most teachers seem to be into that sort of thing.
09.10.2001 | SOCIETY
Two Polish Guys Walk Into an Indie Rock Show...
It's not the beginning of a joke.
07.09.2001 | CULTURE
A rumination on tattoos, history, and Twisted Sister.
05.11.2001 | CULTURE
I Wanna Be Your...
Joey Ramone's greatest contribution to music was being an ugly son of a bitch. Discuss.
04.18.2001 | MUSIC
How My Father Started Talking American
On St. Patrick's Day, everyone's a little bit Irish. Unless you were actually born in Ireland, as my father taught me by example.
03.10.2001 | CULTURE
Ken Burns, Scrimshaw Fetishist
Ken Burns works up a 19 hour documentary on jazz, and leaves the 1960s and 70s to wait in the car.
02.04.2001 | TELEVISION
Selling Your Soul in a Buyer's Market
A new market has emerged which asks for higher sources of capitalistic inspiration and marketing models. Be afraid.
01.12.2001 | BOOKS
A Milestone, Not A Millstone: Mos Def and the Jack Johnson Band at Roseland
Mos Def recently debuted his new 'ghetto rock n' roll' outfit, the Jack Johnson Band, and it is equal parts rock and roll.
12.27.2000 | MUSIC
In Memoriam: Action Park
A loving review of Matthew Callan's days at Action Park, a death-happy amusement park in Jersey that defied both logic and the survival instinct.
11.22.2000 | CULTURE
Rutherford B. Hayes Speaks Out
Our 19th President, who knew a thing or two about electoral controversy, offers his services as a talking head.
11.15.2000 | POLITICS