Monthly Archives: April 2009

So Arlen Specter is, in the words of Jonathan Chait, an “unprincipled hack,” but in that he’s not charmless. Better an unprincipled hack than a senator with actual convictions and such (the South has senators and congressmen with plenty of … Continue reading

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The death of Bea Arthur has got me wondering where else to get my fill of her pert bullfrog voice and inflexible smirk besides old “Golden Girls” episodes. Pauline Kael’s review of the Lucille Ball film version of Mame (“Too … Continue reading

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RIP – Bea Arthur

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Thomas swears by the first Wendy and Lisa record — it’s one of his top ten albums, he told me once. The only post-Prince works of theirs I know is their literally unaccountable studio work (Wendy co-writing Madonna’s “Candy Perfume … Continue reading

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While Adam Lambert can’t bear the weight that Ann Powers puts on his (lovely) shoulders, she does as good a job as Tom Smucker, Peter Shapiro, and others in defining what happens on the dance floor when the spirit of … Continue reading

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At the Supreme Court today, justices wrestled with the question of whether a strip search of a thirteen-year-old at a public school for Ibuprofen was constitutional. Stephen Breyer brought the laughs: “In my experience when I was 8 or 10 … Continue reading

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After several recent desultory appearances, it’s a relief to see Gore Vidal at near peak form, as he was on “Real Time With Bill Maher” last week. 

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The new Pet Shop Boys album isn’t memorable, sad to say. My review of Yes takes off from a discussion first stared by Scott and Thomas here. 

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StinkyLulu has a nice appreciation of one of the most beloved characterizations in movies: Juanita Moore in Imitation of Life.

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Oh, look: Nora Ephron still thinks that Mike Nichols makes movies for Intelligent People. “One of the main things about Mike’s movies is that, with a few exceptions, they’re all really smart movies about smart people,” she avers. “They’re about … Continue reading

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The latest subject of George F. Will’s ire: denim. So Tory he makes Samuel Johnson look like Clement Atlee, George the Bemused doesn’t like the faceless humanoids out there wearin’ Levis and Gap: Denim is the clerical vestment for the … Continue reading

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Playground Indie and Its Malcontents

Exile produces silence more often than cunning. After two months of not publishing a single rock review (this should change very soon) and compensating by listening to more indie than ever, I’ve left amused by the suspicion that as the … Continue reading

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