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In an interview by an earnest, floppy-haired Noah Baumbach included in the luxuriant Criterion edition of Blow Out, Brian De Palma explains at length the impact of the JFK assassination on his thinking, and I use the last word loosely. He doesn’t care about JFK so much as he does about JFK, the bonkers, magnificentContinue reading “What conspiracy? De Palma’s Blow Out”
I lack the reserves to comment on the events of the last twenty-four hours. Euphoria and contrarianism both look like unsavory options. Two of the best dispatches look past catharsis: Steve Coll’s analysis of the future of al-Qaeda and the late Osama bin Laden’s centrality in its operations; and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ solemn parsing of theContinue reading ““Americans are humans too””
A poster on The Corner, responding to a person pleading for “national unity” or something: And this attitude is why more often than not, Republicans lose. If Bush had killed Bin Laden (which he should have in 8 friggin years!), do you think the liberals would be falling all over themselves to praise him likeContinue reading ““A nightmare scenario””
I understand the impulse whereby liberal friends post clips from the correspondents’ dinner last night of Obama and his claque beating Donald Trump’s palms with a ruler. But how quaint. As this year’s Sarah Palin — a man with less than zero chance of getting the GOP nomination for president — Donald Trump inspires liberalContinue reading “This month’s first political sigh”
You can’t say it that way any more. Bothered about beauty you have to Come out into the open, into a clearing, And rest. Certainly whatever funny happens to you Is OK. To demand more than this would be strange Of you, you who have so many lovers, People who look up to you andContinue reading “It’s May”