Monthly Archives: September 2007

Civic Literacy Test!

Have fun. Ignore the conservative bent to some of these options, especially towards the end of the quiz (“National defense is considered a public good because…,” rofflez). I got a 80% (48 out of 60 right).

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OMIGOD

Thanks to TIME Magazine, its subscribers now know that we and the rest of America incorporated “ghetto blaster” into the vernacular years ago. And, oh yeah, something called, goodness me, “rockism.” (Thanks, Matos)

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The world is too much with us

Teaching three classes and a slew of writing (the fruits of which I’ll post directly) have kept me from posting this week. As usual there’s too much political chicanery for me to comment on — from the numbing certainty that … Continue reading

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No promises

The second film in a row in which he had no hand in its writing, David Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises is also the second consecutive film in which he reminds us that, before his art rep subsumed him, he was a … Continue reading

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HI DERE I AM A SPRINGSTEEN COVER

In honor of the release of Springsteen’s latest 4.5 star masterpiece Magic, here’s a little treat. One of the more interesting covers:

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Notes on Cruising

(The film, that is. Ask me about cruising on your own time.) (1) Eric Henderson is right-on in admiring how the film’s raunch sticks a lubed finger up the arse of the resigned gentility of, say, Brokeback Mountain. Of course … Continue reading

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Occasionally I remind myself that I was an English guy and fiction writer before a pop critic. With eMusic launching an audiobook section I’m hoping to write stuff like this more often.

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