Monthly Archives: February 2010

It’s the last fire truck from hell

It feels like Saturday night.

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Soldiering on

“Soldier of Love” is Sade’s best single since “No Ordinary Love,” and boasts the same virtue: it develops a metaphor musically. In the case of the latter, with an elongated guitar lick, at once raunchy and poised, that sliced through … Continue reading

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Don’t worry about the government

In which the editors of Newsweek expose themselves as cretins. Apparently you’re a “terrorist” only if you’re Muslim or come from a country with which we’re at war, or, as the managing editor (!) avers without irony: Here is my … Continue reading

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Singles 2/22

After a slow week, we return. A week later I’m prepared to say I overrated Angie Stone’s single, but am still very high on “Shine Blockas” and might have spoken too soon on Adam Lambert now that I’ve heard it … Continue reading

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Heartburn: eighties film and its discontents

A.O. Scott’s essay on Meryl Streep inspires two questions: why did mainstream film in the eighties suck, and when did Streep suddenly get fun? As far as the latter goes, I don’t know; it’s one of the mysteries of acting. … Continue reading

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Erykah Badu – “Window Seat”

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DADT = DOA

Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, realizes what our armed forces have known for nearly twenty years: young soldiers don’t give a damn if their mates are gay or lesbian. But please don’t tell Congress – … Continue reading

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Of martyrdom and legerdemain

A lot of reviews have compared Hunger to The Passion of Joan of Arc. It’s closer to Bresson’s A Man Escaped, as remade by a drama queen who lingers too long on shit smeared on prison walls so the audience … Continue reading

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Ebert: “The Essential Man”

While I knew cancer cost Roger Ebert the ability to speak or eat properly, I’d no idea he looked so terrible. For all that, though, I applaud his bravery; let people see the ravages of cancer. But he still loves … Continue reading

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Now the party’s over

Scott Woods and I finish our Roxy/Ferry chat, during which we weigh in on Bowie versus Ferry and the merits of David Buckley’s superb biography The Thrill of It All.

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“Of COURSE we believe those things.”

Please, Mr. Obama, use sarcasm like this more often. Thanks.

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Does the body rule the mind?

A few readable takes on Meat is Murder, the Smiths’ worst album. Drew Daniel of Matmos and sometime rock critic is particularly interesting. A certain kind of miserabilism is educational. Even when I was sixteen, clumsy, and shy (and closeted), … Continue reading

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