Monthly Archives: December 2011

Last thoughts…

Rather than yield to the temptation of posting resolutions for which I’ll be accountable in public, and inspired by Mark Richardson and Eric Harvey‘s own remarks about originality and its discontents let me add a shibboleth to the short list … Continue reading

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I stopped reading.

…this NYT Magazine profile of Carrie Brownstein after gawking at this sentence: “Carrie Brownstein, the exuberant pixie rocker…” Written by a woman.

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Yawn yawn yawn yawn

Given my antipathy, I suppose it’s no wonder I’d consider George Harrison’s offering one of the least consequential New Year’s anthems. The horns aren’t a bad idea, but as usual he runs out of song and vocals one-third of the … Continue reading

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Divorce, Romanian style: Tuesday, After Christmas

The pillow talk, tangle of limbs, reveling in a lover’s nudity for its own sake — what distinguishes Tuesday, After Christmas from other films about infidelity is the way in which Romanian director-cowriter Radu Muntean allows his characters to enjoy … Continue reading

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Melancholy, Xmas edition: Metropolitan

Although the formal evening wear look rented from a costume shop and scenes aren’t so much photographed as stumbled upon, Metropolitan is a minor masterpiece. Rare is the movie that attempts a tone and style and achieves it. James Wolcott: … Continue reading

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Hot and cold: Young Adult

The first half hour is the best work of Jason Reitman’s career: taut and mordant. Concluding that she needs her high school flame Buddy (Patrick Wilson, in one of the more compelling impersonations of defeated suburban blankness in recent years) … Continue reading

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The one percenters

Our legislative satraps: While the median net worth of members of Congress jumped 15 percent from 2004 to 2010, the net worth of the richest 10 percent of Americans remained essentially flat. For all Americans, median net worth dropped 8 … Continue reading

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Singles – Christmas edition

The last group of the year. I’ll see you in 2012. Shakira – Je l’aime a mourir (Lo quiero a morir) (7) Danny Fernandes ft. Josh Ramsay & Belly – Hit Me Up (6) Kathleen Edwards – Sidecar (5) Katie … Continue reading

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Light posting for the next few days.

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!Feliz navidad!

This year’s yuletide carol will be non-traditional.

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Too cute for words: The Artist

Silent movies aren’t a genre, they’re a method. All the genres we recognize — westerns, sci-fi, crime pictures, comedies, melodrama — existed in 1927. The Artist gets this wrong from the beginning: it doesn’t know what it is except a … Continue reading

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“What anonymous sludge lurks underneath the nice people I see and talk to every day”

Maura in the weeklong Village Voice roundtable on the year in music: I grew up listening to and loving music that was vicious to women, to the point where I would often sublimate my femininity and identify with the dudes … Continue reading

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