Author Archive: Christopher Zara

Christopher Zara is a media and culture reporter for the International Business Times. His first book, Tortured Artists, was published by Adams Media this spring.

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Why Andy Warhol Has Been Famous for Over 32,082,889 Minutes

| August 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

“I usually accept people on the basis of their self-images, because their self-images have more to do with the way they think than their objective-images do.” —From The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, 1975 You have to hand it to Andy Warhol. For a silly-looking guy reminiscent of Gollum in a mad-scientist wig, he had, and still […]

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Johnny Cash and the Tragedy that Inspired Genius

| May 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Anyone who grew up north of the Mason-Dixon Line has heard the phrase “I hate country music.” What’s interesting, though, is how often we unapologetic Yankees qualify that declaration with the addendum, “but I love me some Johnny Cash.” And how could we not? The brooding, black-clad singer bridged a stark divide that emerged in […]

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Danger in Numbers: You May Not Know Klout, But It Knows Everything About You

| April 3, 2013 | 3 Comments

I just rated the website Klout. It gets a score of 1984. If you haven’t yet heard of the Internet’s new rising star of social-media analytics (because you’re too busy having a life, for instance), chances are you will soon be unable to escape its dirty little tentacles. Klout is the latest online spreader of […]

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Yeats’s Infection: A Poet, a Muse, and an Irish Goodbye

| March 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

In December 1908, the Irish poet W. B. Yeats woke up in a spacious loft on Rue de Passy, in Paris, snuggling comfortably next to Maud Gonne, the feminist and Irish nationalist whom he had long pursued. A liaison had transpired the night before, the particulars of which Yeats and Gonne took to their graves, […]

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Left Brain vs. Right Brain: Ted Nugent Is As Good As It Gets for the GOP

| December 18, 2012 | 1 Comment

The right-wing brain is all wrong for creativity — just as we suspected. On the list of things that will never happen, Arnold Schwarzenegger winning an Oscar for best actor has to be pretty high up there, probably somewhere between aliens taking over and Belgium becoming a super power. True, anything is possible, but the […]

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Spell Check: How a ‘Linguistic Nazi’ Founded American Culture

| September 4, 2012 | 1 Comment

If your first association with the name Webster is Emmanuel Lewis or a music venue in New York City’s East Village, you might be interested to know that the other Webster was not just the guy who published the American Dictionary of the English Language. He was also one of America’s tragically unsung Founding Fathers. […]

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