Keaton Lamle writes engaging and timely pop culture criticism and response from a humorous and philosophical point of view. His recent article topics range from NBA Basketball to Symbolic Interactionist philosopher George Herbert Mead's influence on the Grammy Awards. Keaton was inspired to write by a childhood admiration of Chuck Klosterman, Bill Simmons, and David Foster Wallace.
Keaton is a senior communications student at Cameron University, a staff writer for Okie Magazine, a contributor to the Cameron Collegian, and a worship leader at Community Church, Lawton. Keaton lives with his wife in Oklahoma where the two play in the indie-rock band, Lancaster.
Kings & Queens
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One thing that happens from time to time is fratricide. I don’t mean this literally. But it’s basically fact that the Ramones and Sex Pistols came along and made Robert Plant and Jimmy Page seem like dinosaurs, and we’ve all... April 30th, 2013 | Music | Read More
Shifty Adventures in Nookie Wood
Far too often, music reviewers succumb to the pressure to have an opinion.
There are so many instances in which a piece of art fails to elicit any affective response whatsoever, and said individual is left with no choice but to come up with... November 27th, 2012 | Music | Read More
SYNECDOCHE: Though it appears that with every new year the amount of people you meet who have rejected organized religion in favor of nothing/“spirituality” seems to increase, it is just as true that religious differences remain battle-line issues in many parts of the South and Midwest. Oklahoma... September 3rd, 2012 | Featured | Read More
Maps & Atlases
Beware and Be Grateful
If we are to believe a press release1 from Big Hassle Media, then Chicago-based, Barsuk Records recording artists Maps & Atlases’ second full length record Beware and Be Grateful is as groundbreaking as Revolver, as relatable as Pinkerton,... May 24th, 2012 | Featured, Music | Read More
Faith and art… Shouldn’t this suck?
It is probably safe to say that most films that will open nationwide on April 13 did not crowd source their funding. Blue Like Jazz did. The film, based on the NY Times bestselling collection of essays on Christian Spirituality (seriously), lost... April 18th, 2012 | Burnside Sells Out, Essays, Film | Read More
Plants and Animals
The End of That
Plants and Animals are arguably Montreal’s second-finest indie rockers after Arcade Fire. I’ve been trying to get a feel for their third full length, The End of That, for a couple of weeks now, and I just can’t. Here is the best I have yet... April 17th, 2012 | Featured, Music | Read More
Women & Work
I am staring at what appears to be a photograph of three truckers, two lumberjacks, and the frontman for an emo band reclining on a curb in front of a mildly seedy arcade, so this must be the new Lucero album. Lucero being a band with whom I am only tangentially familiar,... March 29th, 2012 | Essays, Featured, Music | Read More
Nobody seems willing to state the obvious, so I guess that responsibility falls to me. As usual. Football has peaked. The only direction left to go is down.
I said it.
Now, I realize that there exists “out there” thousands of proponents of conventional wisdom, wisdom that posits this: “Football... February 22nd, 2012 | Sports | Read More
To what extent are our attempts to convert our friends and family veiled plays at validating our fragile egos?
What is with our American obsession with approval? We all want it, need it, seemingly pine for it. We want to know that what we do/think/believe is okay and I imagine that as long as somebody... February 9th, 2012 | Featured | Read More
“I have 46 days worth of music on my laptop and I haven’t bought an album since 1998”
-some kid I roomed with at summer camp in 2007
Can I just say that we are finally here, and it wasn’t worth it? There was a time when I dreamed of this, sure. I still remember bootlegging tapes... November 28th, 2011 | Essays, Featured, Music | Read More