Monthly Archives: September 2012

Happy Sunday

Caron Wheeler’s solo debut, somewhat obscure.

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Gay couples granted protection from deportation

Good news from the Obama administration: In letters sent late Wednesday to several Democratic lawmakers, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said she was clarifying guidelines that enforcement officers had used when applying a policy of prosecutorial discretion in cases of … Continue reading

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The Cause and its effects: The Master

What a judicious decision of Paul Thomas Anderson’s to give the audience so many closeups of Joaquin Phoenix’s face, especially when The Master goes to pieces in the last forty-five minutes. What contrasts: the dark thick eyebrows against the drawn, … Continue reading

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Singles 9/28

Missy Elliott leaks two tracks and Singlesjukeboxland shrugs. I mean, listen to the boy band track: that’s some crazy shit. Click on links for full reviews. Nicki Minaj ft. Rick Ross & Cam’ron – I Am Your Leader (7) Death … Continue reading

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“Off-puttingly bitter” about elder statesmenship

The final word on the new Pet Shop Boys. Douglas Wolk: As always, the Pet Shop Boys’ latest studio LP has a resonant single-word title. “Elysium” is a reference to Elysian Park, near where they recorded the album in Los … Continue reading

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Droning on…and on…

Children must keep a watchful eye on their parents. We simply don’t know what mad behavior they’ll indulge in, despite years of advice, if left alone. I may have to vote for Barack Hussein Obama because if Mitt Romney is … Continue reading

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Sense and sensibility: Damsels in Distress

Damsels in Distress is the sort of movie for which adverbs look silly. You know: “charmingly,” “perplexedly,” “oddly.” Since Last Days of Disco, Bill Clinton got impeached and writer-director Whit Stillman is five years shy of collecting a Social Security … Continue reading

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“If you think your gun is powerful, this is mine”

South Florida politics at its finest. All it proves for the moment is that Representative David Rivera picked nice playmates. A self-described “Republican bad girl,” Alliegro doesn’t appear to be cooperating with authorities investigating Sternad’s campaign. The political newcomer and … Continue reading

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Yoko’s approximately infinite world of sound

Skeptics of Yoko Ono’s power to hold musical interest — quite a few remain, alas — are directed to Approximately Infinite Universe. This 1973 album, boasting John Lennon on guitar, is the closest Ono, well, approximated studio rock verities until … Continue reading

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Our men in Havana

At the height of the Depression my family lived a half mile from the Tropical beer plant. “From our yard you could see the bottles of green, cut in half, piled as high as the eye could see,” she said. … Continue reading

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Sunday, etc

Instead of a song, I’ll post an excerpt from a debate between William F. Buckley, Jr. and James Baldwin in England. What a powerful camera subject Baldwin is.

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Workers “never passed” Romney’s lips

I suppose this explains the popularity of “leadership” as an ennobling concept. To work you must be in charge. Krugman: But here’s the question: Should we imagine that Mr. Romney and his party would think better of the 47 percent … Continue reading

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