Monthly Archives: March 2012

Happy Saturday night

Sly and Robbie!

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Singles reviews 3/29

El-P – The Full Retard (7) Wiley – Evolve or Be Extinct (7) Miranda Lambert ft. Pistol Annies – Run Daddy Run (6) Simian Mobile Disco – Seraphim (6) Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Candy Candy (5) Alphabeat – Vacation (5) … Continue reading

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Repression chic: The Deep Blue Sea

It could be a Carol Burnett skit. Dark, alert Hester (Rachel Weisz), accepting that the lover (Tom Hiddleston) for whom she left her stout whitebearded dull husband (Simon Russell Beale) is too shallow to return her ardor, attempts to gas … Continue reading

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Adrienne Rich – RIP

Eighty-two. She published a lot of drivel in her last twenty years. If you’d accused her of using poetry as a platform on which to educate the general public about patriarchal heterosexist injustice, she would have happily agreed. I have … Continue reading

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Why the SCOTUS hearings have worked

For my part the hearings have been edifying. Apart from appreciating the thoughtfulness with which Sonia Sotomayor framed questions, wearying of Stephen Breyer’s singsong college professor intonations, and noting again John Roberts’ courtesy, I finally understand that health insurance and … Continue reading

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Sex you up: Jean Vigo

Appreciating Criterion’s release last year of L’Atalante, among other goodies, I felt surprising undertones rumbling beneath the 1934 film’s talkiest, longest sequence: a conversation between boat captain Pere Jules (Michel Simon) and Juliette (Dita Parlo). This scene, just under ten … Continue reading

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Stuff and nonsense: The Shins’ Port of Morrow

Artists resort to tape sounds, filters, and feedback when they’ve replaced everyone in the band or it’s time to release the third album. Here’s a point in The Shins’ favor: since Port of Morrow is their/his fourth album you can … Continue reading

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