Monthly Archives: May 2009

Hugs Are For Thugs

I plead guilty to cultivating a certain detachment — one of my best friends calls me The Tin Man — but my Cuban blood, which demands chaste kisses on the cheek between male relatives, pulls me in other directions. In … Continue reading

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For the Who Woulda Thunk It file: Ted Olson and David Boies join forces to overturn California’s Proposition 8. 

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With comic book movies having reached a post-Nero stage of decadence, it’s instructive to return to hip-hop, in which Marvel tropes still adduce good/evil dichotomies while the MC’s croak that it’s all in the game. I’ve never warmed to MF … Continue reading

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Happy Memorial Day

I never thought I’d agree with a Jackson Browne opening monologue…

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Stanley Fish, responding to President Obama’s mission to appoint a successor to Justice David Souter who values “empathy” as much as “abstract legal theories,” writes a typically astute column distinguishing between law and morality, even though it sputters to a … Continue reading

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More singles reviews: Tommy Sparks, The Big Pink (really), and N-Dubz.

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You’re not really president until the Disney Company preserves you in plastic, silicon, and wire.

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Christian Bale, James Wolcott reminds us, is not a human being, nor does he inspire to be one. For a time I thought this was a limitation; now I wonder if he was smarter than the rest of us, including … Continue reading

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The hosannas heaped on Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown by a couple of my favorite critics worry me a little. I don’t hear a note of the commitment, songcraft, and political acumen they seem to think runneth out of every … Continue reading

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Today Christopher Hitchens called Wanda Sykes the “Sable Sapphist” in his Slate column. 

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Andrew Sullivan isn’t known for temperance. This is a guy about whom it can truly be said that he’s all id. His passion, though, makes for one of the more enternaning recent Pet Shop Boys interviews I’ve read (as publicity … Continue reading

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Some scattered reviews: Runaway, Alice Munro’s marvelous 2004 collection of short stories; and blurbs on the Taylor Swift and Miranda Lambert singles. I’m heartened (and maybe not too surprised)

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