Monthly Archives: February 2008

This is the best recent interview of George W. Bush I’ve read, especially surprising considering its source. Written after the President’s tour of Afrida a couple of weeks ago, Bob Geldof is an interlocutor of surpassing modesty; he is scrupulous … Continue reading

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Kudos to the sober mind of Jeff Weiss for detailing my problems with the Clipse better than I could. The new mixtape is almost totally uninvolving — so far — and the great-beats-blah-narratives defense seems specious now. In addition, his … Continue reading

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William F. Buckley, Jr. – RIP

How fitting that this sunny, loquacious man with a wit and grace notably absent in his successors should die when all signs point to the demise of the revolution he helped lead. A storied resumé: devout Catholic, a late convert … Continue reading

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My take on the Goldfrapp album, an uneasy simulaton of Everything But the Girl’s Walking Wounded — melancholic electronica, incarnated by a vocalist unable to summon a sliver of Tracy Thorn’s presence.

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The wit and wisdom of Nixon

Remarks from our 37th president, by far our funniest, given to acolyte Monica Crowley and published in Nixon Off the Record (1996): He changed his tone again and said, “Murphy Brown sounds like a man. Is that that Candice Bergen … Continue reading

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OSCAR FEVER!

Why not. Best Picture WILL WIN: No Country For Old Men.SHOULD WIN: I’m not a fan of There Will Be Blood either, but it and No Country are “dark” enough to satisfy Oscar fans who complain about the terrible films … Continue reading

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How political parties die, and rise again

Ned describes the process by which men birth ideas and then, after several convulsions and wheezes, die: But there’s a larger if extremely obvious point to be made, that the definitions of what is assumed as conservatism, as much as … Continue reading

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Ted Macero – R.I.P.

I own only a dozen Miles Davis records so I’m wet behind the ears, but it’s impossible to listen to the devastating segue from “It’s About That Time” to In a Silent Way‘s title track without concluding that the man … Continue reading

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I don’t agree with Stephanie Zancharek’s lamentation on the Kabuki hysterics to which Daniel Day-Lewis resorts in There Will Be Blood: to these eyes it’s a tensile, spare, quiet performance. If there’s one way in which it could be criticized, … Continue reading

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I’m unnerved by how calmly Cuban exiles have reacted to El Jefe’s abdication. Maybe I shouldn’t be. My parents, who left the island in junior high, have said many times over the years, with equal parts weariness and bitterness, that … Continue reading

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I adore semicolons; they’re so redundant, aren’t they? While helping college reporters with headlines, ledes, and the basics of grammar, I don’t seem them fretting over semicolons much: it’s rarely used in journalism unless you’re compiling a list or series. … Continue reading

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Don’t let the results of our state’s aborted Democratic primary fool you: Florida is a state whose conservatism runs deep. For example, almost three years after Pennsylvanian school districts settled the matter, we’re still arguing about evolution: The outcry at … Continue reading

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