Monthly Archives: February 2011

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, … Continue reading

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Oscar roundup

My ballot for the major categories. Although readers will note I’m not a fan of The Social Network, it’s a better acted, written, and conceived film than the timid, meretricious The King’s Speech — qualities I would not associate with … Continue reading

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Singles 2/25

Now that “Born This Way,” which I’d reviewed here, has generated the expected slew of thoughtful responses, we can turn our attention to R. Kelly’s best ballad in ages. For me that’s saying something — the man is as empathetic … Continue reading

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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; … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

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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, … Continue reading

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Singles 2/17

The Indie Stalwarts Edition: Fleet Foxes and Decembrists, resorting to snowflakes and oversized gestures, fall short. All scores from one to ten. Click on links for full reviews. Chase and Status ft. Liam Bailey – Blind Faith (7) Tinie Tempah … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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Nice nice baby

Tom’s latest Freaky Trigger post on “Ice Ice Baby” inspires the usual febrile responses. For the record: if you think Ice’s touchstone/punching bag is shit, replay this.

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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 … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

I suppose it’s no surprise that Lloyd Cole’s mid eighties peak as an overeducated musician with an underdeveloped melodic sense matters less than the golden moment in 1990 when he hooked up with Fred Maher, Robert Quine, and a young … Continue reading

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