Monthly Archives: September 2009

“I’m proudest that I haven’t killed anybody”

In a letter to a colleague, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. remarked that his dissents in cases that limited the reach of the First Amendment merely upheld “the right of a donkey to drool.” If Matt Lauer’s knees can tremble whenever … Continue reading

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Kate Harding on the Roman Polanski case. Whoopi Goldberg acting like a total ass (“It’s not `rape-rape’”).

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Can’t find a better band

The day has come: I can fully endorse a Pearl Jam album. Insisting on hitting the ambivalent note whenever my friends discuss them was as predictable as the subsequent ordering of Goldschlager shots, and I apologize for neither. Until Jack … Continue reading

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Taylor Swift to competition: Drop dead

In this week’s chart, Taylor Swift scores yet another triumph, but this week it was like FDR going up against Alf Landon in 1936 — he might as well have run unopposed. The rest of the sorry lot: Parachute, New … Continue reading

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It’s his party.

Happy birthday, Bryan Ferry.

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This Sunday’s New York Times Magazine story: coming out in middle school. An excerpt: Though most adolescents who come out do so in high school, sex researchers and counselors say that middle-school students are increasingly coming out to friends or … Continue reading

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“He tried to hit on the mountain”

Newscasters can’t handle more than one disability at once, I guess.

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The fightin’ side.

We all have blind spots, and one of my worst was Merle Haggard, to whom I only really listened in August. I took a chance and spent the $3 on a used copy of 2000’s If I Could Only Fly. … Continue reading

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Scorpios: strangely hypnotic, powerfully sexual. Yup!

Astrology’s a load of codswallop, but after a discussion a few days ago, and a referral to this site, I found that the description of me is largely true (about 70%, say).

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Singles!

This week’s singles: Jason DeRulo, Future of the Left, Robbie Williams, Michelle Branch, the return of Ghostface’s best sparring partner, Alphabeat, Alice in Chains,  Plies, Moneybrother, Miss Li, and Miranda Lambert’s worst single.

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I adore this single

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Nothing can stop them now

A shame that, 1993’s So Tough excepted, Saint Etienne have never made more than one listenable album — and lord knows I’ve tried several. Smash The System, the only one of the (several) extant compilations  I own, is perfect, perfect, … Continue reading

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