Monthly Archives: June 2012

What a peaceable kingdom: Andersonworld

The first memorable thing about Moonrise Kingdom is the way Scoutmaster Edward Norton holds a cigarette in his right hand as far away from his body as possible. The second are the colors. You’ve never seen a red-painted wooden house … Continue reading

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Singles reviews 6/28

The first track from one of the year’s best records and a potent comeback from one of the last decade’s most singular laryngeal contortionists are two of the week’s best. My middling score for Charli XCX made me the Clarence … Continue reading

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Keep it In The Family

Joey Williams (Patrick Wang) eats reheated food, drives an apple-red pickup, doesn’t read. Legal documents baffle him. So does meanness. When Cody (Trevor St John) his boyfriend of six years is killed in a car accident, the threads of polite … Continue reading

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On interpretation

I’m no lawyer but have always been interested in the Court as an institution: its history, personalities, decisions. I often get impatient with liberals when they decry “judicial activism” or conservatives when they regard the Constitution as inviolate. If it’s … Continue reading

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The end of…something?

Gay culture contracts into an unrecognizable permutation: The reasons for what everyone agrees is a noticeable contraction in club life go way beyond the digital revolution into even more fundamental changes. Younger gay men might be more concerned about meeting … Continue reading

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Nora Ephron – R.I.P.

The dearth of active woman writer-directors in Hollywood tempts me into overrating Nora Ephron. I like the versimilitude of the Meryl Streep-Kurt Russell-Cher triad in Silkwood and how well the cast of Julie and Julia bounced off each other; otherwise … Continue reading

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Mid year report

How the year looks so far. Miguel – Art Dealer Chic EPs Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (Williams Street) Leonard Cohen – Old Ways Kellie Pickler – 100 Proof Imperial Teen – Feel the Sound The Men – Open Yr … Continue reading

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People like us: The Idler Wheel

Fiona Apple could have named her first album in seven years Jonathan. It would have been as Apple-esque as The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will … Continue reading

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It gets so hard at times to take it serious

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How reassuring!

We’ll need boats: If oceans continue to rise in the coming decades, the first areas to be submerged are Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Lee and Pinellas counties, said scientists who gathered here Thursday for Florida Atlantic University’s Sea Level Rise Summit. … Continue reading

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Singles 6/22

In which the Roots’ drummer and last year’s breakout indie star collaborate on a Fela cover and Pet Shop Boys memorialize the dimming of their creative powers in a dim song. That kind of week. All songs scored on a … Continue reading

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“Damaged and dumb”

Corpses are no fun to kick but I can’t resist posting Alex Pareene’s column adding to his Hack List National Review Online’s Kathryn-Jean Lopez, “a hack liberal’s savage parody of a miserable, prematurely old religious conservative woman”: Lopez just seems … Continue reading

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