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 short, I’m trying to be more expressive; a handshake just won’t do anymore. This thoroughlyContinue reading “Hugs Are For Thugs”
For the Who Woulda Thunk It file: Ted Olson and David Boies join forces to overturn California’s Proposition 8.
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 DOOM’s: he seemed a GZA-esque smart guy whose internal rhymes demonstrated prolixity without ever coheringContinue reading
I never thought I’d agree with a Jackson Browne opening monologue…
More singles reviews: Tommy Sparks, The Big Pink (really), and N-Dubz.
You’re not really president until the Disney Company preserves you in plastic, silicon, and wire.
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 other Hollywood youngbloods who don’t realize the future isn’t in middlebrow Oscar dramas, but genreContinue reading
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 pore. They hear maturity; I hear a band confident enough to embrace the garbled agitpropContinue reading
Today Christopher Hitchens called Wanda Sykes the “Sable Sapphist” in his Slate column.
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 for a not terribly good album, alas). Nice kicker too: Chris Lowe: We once metContinue reading
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)
Catch this before the Lords of NBC pull it. Justin can do skits like this into perpetuity, Andy Samberg not so much. Where’s Lance Bass?