Mononym Mythology
Sydney Urbanek's research-based ruminations on mostly pop stars and their visual antics

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Jun
03
Hannah Strong Talks Sofia Coppola as Student and Steward of Art

Hannah Strong Talks Sofia Coppola as Student and Steward of Art

A conversation with the author of "Sofia Coppola: Forever Young"
24 min read
May
08
Stephanie Phillips on Solange’s Offbeat Pop Stardom

Stephanie Phillips on Solange’s Offbeat Pop Stardom

An interview with the musician and author of "Why Solange Matters"
17 min read
Mar
17
Weeding

Weeding

Here, have some brain weeds
11 min read
Feb
16
Tony Bennett, MTV Star

Tony Bennett, MTV Star

How an aging crooner reinvented himself in the music video era
56 min read
Dec
22
Something(s) to Remember

Something(s) to Remember

My 2021 year-in-review
6 min read
Nov
17
Adam Nayman Talks David Fincher’s Adman Past (And Present)

Adam Nayman Talks David Fincher’s Adman Past (And Present)

A conversation with the author about his new book, “David Fincher: Mind Games”
34 min read
Aug
31
When MTV Lost the Upper Hand

When MTV Lost the Upper Hand

The 2011 VMAs seem to have marked the last breath of… something
12 min read
Aug
27
When MTV Took Over Times Square

When MTV Took Over Times Square

On the curious time capsule that was the MTV photobooth
10 min read
Aug
23
When MTV Was Still Finding Its Footing

When MTV Was Still Finding Its Footing

As it turns 40, here's a look at the network's post-launch but pre-explosion period
10 min read
Jul
31
Casci Ritchie on Telling the Story of Prince Through His Clothes

Casci Ritchie on Telling the Story of Prince Through His Clothes

An interview with the author about her new book, “On His Royal Badness: The Life and Legacy of Prince’s Fashion”
17 min read