Monthly Archives: June 2008

Well, yes

David Thomson, reviewing Tom Kalin’s tentative film career and his pretty good (and, until Savage Grace, only) film Swoon: It was hard to see Swoon without detecting a gay film, but that mood was no more pressing or less complicated … Continue reading

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Hardly fashionable, but my Oldie of the Week is OMD’s “So In Love,” their first of four American Top 40 hits. Everyone knows “If You Leave,” which then and now I’ve always found one of the worst beloved hits of … Continue reading

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I haven’t written about movies in a while. Let me catch up. Enchanted (2007): One of the movie’s least remarked on jokes is that no one in Manhattan blinks an eyelash when Amy Adams’ cartoon princess steps out of a … Continue reading

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Circle in the Sand

A couple of weeks ago, former Stylus colleague Jonathan Bradley thought it would be a nice idea if the rest of our former colleagues assembled summer mix tapes. I collaborated with Dan Weiss on mine. Download the mix here; the … Continue reading

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Doin’ The Things That They Want To

What I admire most in a beloved musician is what I call colloquial mastery, and Matos‘ post on Prince’s “Blue Light” is exactly what I had in mind. I only warmed to”Blue Light” after absorbing Prince’s other work, and for … Continue reading

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Bravo, Senator Obama…

…for reminding us that you can pander as abjectly as your colleague, Senator John McCain. As I’ve written elsewhere, this was an especially sordid move when every poll shows that the Democrats will not just keep but expand their Congressional … Continue reading

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To be responsible, I listened to Girl Talk’s new one twice, but I knew I hated it upon hearing the third track. As I wrote somewhere else, this is the album-length equivalent of participating in a music trivia night at … Continue reading

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To be responsible, I listened to Girl Talk’s new one twice, but I knew I hated it upon hearing the third track. As I wrote somewhere else, this is the album-length equivalent of participating in a music trivia night at … Continue reading

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Tim Russert’s dead. It’s awful, world-historic, so much so that yesterday NBC Nightly News actually showed a clip of Brian Williams mourning the death of his colleague while footage of the Iowa floods played in the background. If you need … Continue reading

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Driving home on Father’s Day, I had the pleasure of catching on the adult contemporary station one of the very best ballads of the nineties. Although it led to the inevitable saccharine Disney ballad, and remains the peak of Vanessa … Continue reading

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Deborah Solomon a cranky and rather useless interview with Gore Vidal, who can’t be bothered anything but growl stale bon mots. But his paranoia is so succinct it’s funny: And what about Mr. McCain? Disaster. Who started this rumor that … Continue reading

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So-called “social conservatives” take heart: gay marriage in Massachusetes is as banal as marriage for everybody else: Some same-sex couples say being married has made a big difference, and some say it has made no difference at all. There are … Continue reading

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