Oh noes!

Kathryn-Jean Lopez and Maggie Gallagher, all is forgiven: WASHINGTON—Reports continue to pour in from around the nation today of helpless Americans being forcibly taken from their marital unions after President Obama dropped the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this week, leaving the institution completely vulnerable to roving bands of homosexuals. “It was just awful—they smashedContinue reading “Oh noes!”

Unions: A long death knell

Since I’m currently beached on pg. 404 of Conrad Black’s massive FDR biography, the popularity of a certain quote going around the internetz regarding Roosevelt’s characteristically ambivalent attitude towards collective bargaining struck me as the product of a coordinated effort; no less than four different people of divergent political persuasions have emailed it to me.Continue reading “Unions: A long death knell”

Magpies of a sort: Radiohead’s The King of Thieves

As the running time of their albums shrinks, Radiohead’s morbidity has decreased, a development that is inversely proportional to their fans’ knowledge of the “chillwave” and dubstep from which the band draws its inspiration these days. Since both genres depend on dark-nights-of-the-soul, Radiohead’s affinity for them makes sense; what the Thom Yorkers record now moreContinue reading “Magpies of a sort: Radiohead’s The King of Thieves”

The ditherer: Elizabeth Bishop

William Logan reviews the latest collection of Elizabeth Bishop letters, most of which are directed at The New Yorker‘s persnickety poetry editors. Logan, the critic with the most pungent style in contemporary letters, reminds us that the magazine’s current incarnation, home to exposes like Lawrence Wright’s frightening one on Paul Haggis’ break from Scientology, isContinue reading “The ditherer: Elizabeth Bishop”

Fiscal: a synonym for wanton

I don’t often care for Talking Points Memo, a Politico for liberals, but it sometimes produces excellent reporting. It doesn’t surprise me that not one news story I’ve read today in traditional media outlets has mentioned how Governor Scott Walker, in just six weeks, drove Wisconsin into a fiscal rut by asking for — youContinue reading “Fiscal: a synonym for wanton”

Dinars, bodies, and Merrie Ole England: PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake”

Where on previous efforts Polly Jean Harvey’s guitar (care of Rid of Me), organ (To Bring You My Love), and duet partner (Thom Yorke on Songs From The City…’ “This Mess We’re In”) grated in the most deliberate fashion, now it’s her high register. On White Chalk it and her untutored piano brought tension toContinue reading “Dinars, bodies, and Merrie Ole England: PJ Harvey’s “Let England Shake””