Monthly Archives: January 2009

I don’t want to come down too hard on John Updike. Not only haven’t I read the Rabbit Angstrom novels, but the sheer weight of his achievement – novels, collections of poetry, short stories, and essays, plays – defies appraisal. … Continue reading

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Having just ended Something, I’m glad there are certain things in the world I can count on, like a cheeky Pet Shop Boys interview on their forthcoming album: Q: Do the lyrics tell a story? A: Not really, they’re more … Continue reading

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Looking more swollen and deformed than he did in Sin City, Mickey Rourke reminds us that he’s got a hardscrabble poetry in him — only don’t remind him, please. In The Wrestler, he and Marisa Tomei have a handful of … Continue reading

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Looking more swollen and deformed than he did in Sin City, Mickey Rourke reminds us that he’s got a hardscrabble poetry in him — only don’t remind him, please. In The Wrestler, he and Marisa Tomei have a handful of … Continue reading

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Depressed poodle bites Jacques Chirac

I don’t normally post news of the weird type shit, but I couldn’t resist this: The couple’s white Maltese poodle, called Sumo, has a history of frenzied fits and became increasingly prone to making “vicious, unprovoked attacks” despite receiving treatment … Continue reading

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Depressed poodle bites Jacques Chirac

I don’t normally post news of the weird type shit, but I couldn’t resist this: The couple’s white Maltese poodle, called Sumo, has a history of frenzied fits and became increasingly prone to making “vicious, unprovoked attacks” despite receiving treatment … Continue reading

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I had a few comments published in The Village Voice‘s Pazz and Jop poll. Here are the rejected ones. My favorite album this year was Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), not least because in a confusing … Continue reading

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I had a few comments published in The Village Voice‘s Pazz and Jop poll. Here are the rejected ones. My favorite album this year was Erykah Badu’s New Amerykah Part One (4th World War), not least because in a confusing … Continue reading

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I’ve never seen such a crowd in the student union building today as I did an hour before Barack Obama’s inauguration. The euphoria is over; let the work begin. Glenn Greenwald: I can understand someone being moved by the events … Continue reading

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The Economist gets the award for the best obituary on the long national nightmare of the last eight years. George W. Bush’s lasting achievement? Appointing “an army of over-promoted, ideologically vetted homunculi.”

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My review of Jon Meacham’s tenderfooted Andrew Jackson biography is up.

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Mike’s essay on Animal Collective for Village Voice Media is likely the most tantalizing thing I’m likely to read about a band I don’t like, and, really, I disagree with most of his conclusions; he should have been more careful … Continue reading

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