Monthly Archives: November 2008

Oh, look: one of the most ubiquitous peddlers of the Bush administration’s company line on cable and network channels has ties to a defense contractor. The NYT has the scoop on General Barry McCaffrey, who in his public apperances has … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving

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The Visitor The enthusiasm with which this movie was received shouldn’t have surprised me; what did though was how reliable skeptics like Stephanie Zacharek and A.O. Scott willfully chose to forget the candy apple liberal sentiments that it espouses. In … Continue reading

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There are worse things than spending a Saturday afternoon watching My Man Godfrey. Terrence Rafferty gives Carole Lombard her due. If I had my druthers, though, I’d ask him to spend more time on Hands Across the Table and To … Continue reading

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Among other things, Barack Obama’s most charming bad habit is his smoking. Michael Kinsley, after jumping through too many hoops to convince his audience that he considers smoking a disgusting habit, agrees.

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Well, here’s something from it’s-news-to-me file: Jackson Browne and John McCain wrangling over the fair use of “Running On Empty” during the campaign: The first is a standard motion to dismiss, claiming that McCain’s use of the song was fair … Continue reading

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On his first (released) solo album since 1999, Q-Tip’s burr, halfway between a mumble and a giggle, is as compelling and fluent as ever. “Gettin‘ Up” is his sexiest love man jive since the underrated “Find A Way” and maybe … Continue reading

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Bravo!

Can Jon Meacham and Ashton Kutcher go on a nationwide tour calling for the repeal of Proposition 8 and Amendment 2?

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I watched Only Angels Have Wings last night — on videocassette. I still own a VCR. Beyond the fact that I don’t want to subject myself to the time and expense of replacing some favorites I’ve owned since the early … Continue reading

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I’ve written nasty things about Carrie Brownstein’s NPR blog, but the former Sleater Kinney guitarist pens an affectionate tribute to the Go-Betweens. She admits that her writing on The Hot Rock “was inspired completely by their music.” Incisive bits of … Continue reading

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Enough mothers behave like Debra Winger in Rachel Getting Married to remind me of how Virginia Woolf might have rewritten the Shakespeare’s-sister bit in A Room of One’s Own: since mothers have to perform constantly, it’s really no stretch for … Continue reading

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Oxford University compiles a list of the ten most irritating phrases in public discourse. I’d add “The fact that,” “fairly or unfairly,” and “going forward.” The top ten: 1 – At the end of the day 2 – Fairly unique … Continue reading

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