Monthly Archives: August 2007

Quickies

New Pornographers, Challengers Either they’re losing their enthusiasm for the concept or I am. Most of these masterpieces of filigree beguile after the fourth listen, but in the end I’m left wondering why I bothered. Neko’s Case deepening husk is … Continue reading

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The politics of feeling good

Kevin Baker’s article on the horrors of a Rudy Giuilani presidency is the best I’ve read in months: pungent, well-researched, and original. He rightly sees the continuity between the Big Business flirtations during the Clinton years and the marginalization of … Continue reading

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neon bright vs neon white

There’s a Bluffer’s Guide to post-Thriller Michael Jackson waiting to be written; hell, I may write it myself. Much is made of the symbolism of Nirvana’s Nevermind knocking Dangerous off the top of the Billboard album chart in January 1992; … Continue reading

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I take great pleasure in baiting my friends into thinking I’m a flaming conservative. Credit my natural contrarianism; also an innate distrust of feel-goodism, which even the most humane liberalism can’t keep from curdling into something sinister. I won’t dismiss … Continue reading

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Alberto Gonzalez, the protagonist in a self-written narrative in which a man of Mexican descent overcomes “adversity” to join the ranks of A. Mitchell Palmer, John Mitchell, and Ed Meese as bullet-headed hacks in thrall to a President who’s less … Continue reading

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Under the spotlight…

STE is right about Rilo Kiley Mach II: Jenny Lewis’ control is as inexorable as Natalie Merchant’s over the 10,000 Maniacs circa Our Time in Eden. I say for the better: on their previous albums (the ones I could listen … Continue reading

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Under the spotlight…

STE is right about Rilo Kiley Mach II: Jenny Lewis’ control is as inexorable as Natalie Merchant’s over the 10,000 Maniacs circa Our Time in Eden. I say for the better: on their previous albums (the ones I could listen … Continue reading

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Boys will be boys, pt. II

After seeing Superbad last night, I’m more than convinced that the first point in my last post is correct. It helps that Michael Cera ‘s fey dumbfoundedness is probably the college-age male heterosexual’s most fashionable pose.

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Boys will be boys, pt. I

I haven’t seen Superbad yet, but this putatively no-contest John Hughes-vs-Judd-Apatow debate got complicated quickly, and there’s several points to consider: (1) Films about the deceptively placid, ostensibly platonic relationships between men are rare. Seth Rogan and Paul Rudd’s affection … Continue reading

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Good night

Some things, nino, some things are like this,That instantly and in themselves they are gayAnd you and I are such things, O most miserable… For a moment they are as gay and are a partOf an element, the exactest element … Continue reading

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Good night

Some things, nino, some things are like this,That instantly and in themselves they are gayAnd you and I are such things, O most miserable… For a moment they are as gay and are a partOf an element, the exactest element … Continue reading

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Daryl Hall: "I love the fact that record companies are all going down"

A lively Daryl Hall interview in, of all places, Pitchfork. He tells Clive Davis to go fuck himself, laments the standards-strewn road down which Rod Stewart walks in the autumn of his career, sympathizes with Kelly Clarkson, and talks warmly … Continue reading

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