Monthly Archives: February 2008

The most accurate depiction of Nazism isn’t Schindler’s List or The Pianist, but a 1942 comedy directed by a man renowned for sophisticated palaver. Trouble in Paradise shows how decidedly unheroic people adjust to terror, always conscious that a misplaced … Continue reading

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The most accurate depiction of Nazism isn’t Schindler’s List or The Pianist, but a 1942 comedy directed by a man renowned for sophisticated palaver. Trouble in Paradise shows how decidedly unheroic people adjust to terror, always conscious that a misplaced … Continue reading

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The owner of Total Wine & More utters a truism about South Florida’s evolving taste: “Wine’s a staple, like food,” he says. “People might put off building that larger kitchen, but they won’t stop buying food and beverages.” What recession? … Continue reading

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The owner of Total Wine & More utters a truism about South Florida’s evolving taste: “Wine’s a staple, like food,” he says. “People might put off building that larger kitchen, but they won’t stop buying food and beverages.” What recession? … Continue reading

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HRC: as complex as Nixon?

Ron Rosenbaum on Nixon, Hillary Clinton, and the persistence of the Camelot myth. This story looks cobbled together out of hearsay and speculation, but this made me pause: Having said that, I must admit something I never thought I’d say: … Continue reading

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On the evidence of Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone, Dennis Lehane loves Sophocles. Since both adaptations of his novels include scenes in which a character describes The Evil That Men Do, I’m inclined to blame him for the hamhanded … Continue reading

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You know, it’s my loss that I haven’t thought much about “Baby Be Mine.” It’s true that the right contemporary remix — by, say, Escort — would release MJ’s pent-up aching rivers (“Won’t you stay with me until the morning … Continue reading

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"The only thing you and Lincoln have in common is that you come from insane states"

Flannery O’Connor with all her art couldn’t have created her.

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Roy Scheider, R.I.P.

I saw Naked Lunch before Jaws and The French Connection, so my first acquaintance with Roy Scheider found him wearing a fuck-awful tan suit and crunching on dialogue like Kellogs cornflakes. A terrific Dr. Benway, in other words. When I … Continue reading

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After months of playing “The Opposite of Hallelujah” at least twice a week, I’m officially sorry I underrated Jens Lekman’s Night Falls Over Kortedala. Cavils about his flat, doleful voice aside, I admire how the arrangements (those strings!) consistently undercut … Continue reading

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“It’s seriously not funny when reedy-voiced dorks sing about beating you up. It’s just not. And when those jokes take the form of a laundry-list of wrestling moves, some of which I’m pretty sure don’t exist, it’s somehow even more … Continue reading

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A man who need never dine alone

Hugh Hewitt is a strange man. His blog advertises “exclusive sailing with Hugh Hewitt” with a picture of smilin’ Hugh that’s chilling enough to freeze a gas oven. Hewitt, one of those happy souls in whose own company he’s never … Continue reading

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