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 Ann Coulter appears on “The Today Show,” then its producers have the right to askContinue reading ““I’m proudest that I haven’t killed anybody””
Kate Harding on the Roman Polanski case. Whoopi Goldberg acting like a total ass (“It’s not `rape-rape’”).
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 Irons arrived I pegged them as a grooveless whirr, a righteous howl, the voice ofContinue reading “Can’t find a better band”
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 Boyz ft. Ray J, Hockey, Leona Lewis, R. Kelly ft. Keri Hilson, Fuck Buttons, TreyContinue reading “Taylor Swift to competition: Drop dead”
Happy birthday, Bryan Ferry.
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 family or to an adult in school. Just how they’re faring in a world thatContinue reading
Newscasters can’t handle more than one disability at once, I guess.
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. It didn’t take — most of the songs felt tentative, not because of Hag’s singingContinue reading “The fightin’ side.”
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).
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.
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, perfect; even without “Pale Movie” and “Who Do You Think You Are,” it makes theContinue reading “Nothing can stop them now”