The first memorable thing about Moonrise Kingdom is the way Scoutmaster Edward Norton holds a cigarette in his right hand as far away from his body as possible. The second are the colors. You’ve never seen a red-painted wooden house this red. Or lawns this green. Moonrise Kingdom is another Wes Anderson’s curio, a fantasia… More What a peaceable kingdom: Andersonworld
The first track from one of the year’s best records and a potent comeback from one of the last decade’s most singular laryngeal contortionists are two of the week’s best. My middling score for Charli XCX made me the Clarence Thomas of the Singles Jukebox; the song is the highest ranked to date. On the… More Singles reviews 6/28
Joey Williams (Patrick Wang) eats reheated food, drives an apple-red pickup, doesn’t read. Legal documents baffle him. So does meanness. When Cody (Trevor St John) his boyfriend of six years is killed in a car accident, the threads of polite tolerance between him and his purported in-laws begin to fray; when a will, written before… More Keep it In The Family
I’m no lawyer but have always been interested in the Court as an institution: its history, personalities, decisions. I often get impatient with liberals when they decry “judicial activism” or conservatives when they regard the Constitution as inviolate. If it’s so inviolate how have we accepted the Bill of Rights applying to the states and… More On interpretation
Gay culture contracts into an unrecognizable permutation: The reasons for what everyone agrees is a noticeable contraction in club life go way beyond the digital revolution into even more fundamental changes. Younger gay men might be more concerned about meeting Mr. Right to marry and start families than the perpetual search for Mr.Right Now. Even… More The end of…something?
The dearth of active woman writer-directors in Hollywood tempts me into overrating Nora Ephron. I like the versimilitude of the Meryl Streep-Kurt Russell-Cher triad in Silkwood and how well the cast of Julie and Julia bounced off each other; otherwise she set new standards for glibness. Who needed Ted Turner threatening to colorize old movies… More Nora Ephron – R.I.P.
How the year looks so far. Miguel – Art Dealer Chic EPs Killer Mike – R.A.P. Music (Williams Street) Leonard Cohen – Old Ways Kellie Pickler – 100 Proof Imperial Teen – Feel the Sound The Men – Open Yr Heart Saint Etienne – Words and Music R. Kelly – Write Me Back Usher –… More Mid year report
Fiona Apple could have named her first album in seven years Jonathan. It would have been as Apple-esque as The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do. Her band reduced to a twosome of Apple and multi-instrumentalist Charlie Drayton, the… More People like us: The Idler Wheel
We’ll need boats: If oceans continue to rise in the coming decades, the first areas to be submerged are Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward, Lee and Pinellas counties, said scientists who gathered here Thursday for Florida Atlantic University’s Sea Level Rise Summit. Palm Beach County benefits from elevations that are about two feet above those lower-lying areas,… More How reassuring!
In which the Roots’ drummer and last year’s breakout indie star collaborate on a Fela cover and Pet Shop Boys memorialize the dimming of their creative powers in a dim song. That kind of week. All songs scored on a ten-point scale. Click on link for full review. Jesca Hoop – Born To (7) tUnE-yArdS,… More Singles 6/22
Corpses are no fun to kick but I can’t resist posting Alex Pareene’s column adding to his Hack List National Review Online’s Kathryn-Jean Lopez, “a hack liberal’s savage parody of a miserable, prematurely old religious conservative woman”: Lopez just seems damaged, and dumb. All of modern life plainly makes her miserable. She seems happy only… More “Damaged and dumb”