Monthly Archives: October 2012

“The party erred only in its excessive compassion”

There’s a been a few of these written in the last few days. Chait: And so the reality remains that a vote for Romney is a vote for his party — a party that, by almost universal acclimation, utterly failed … Continue reading

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Straight guys – less free sexually than anybody else

There’s truth to what Dan Savage says here. In Miami, despite its tolerance, you don’t want the reaction of a young woman of Hispanic descent to an admission that her boyfriend, to quote Suede’s Brett Anderson, tried it that way: … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

A fantastic album track. I’ve been playing Raise! and Powerlight all weekend — real discoveries.

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“The hard labor of a difficult pregnancy”

Ta-Nehisi Coates reposted an amazing short essay he wrote two years ago called “On Labor.” A highlight: This is the era of Internet intellectuals, mostly dudes, who excel at analogizing easily accessible facts to buttress their points. It’s a good … Continue reading

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Jacques Barzun – RIP

A few years on an older blog I wrote the following about my happy experience reading From Dawn to Decadence. Since then I’ve acquired A Jacques Barzun Reader, containing several of his (in)famous essays on education as well as ruminations … Continue reading

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Singles 10/26

Miguel wins this easily, although it’s my least favorite of the leaked tracks and singles he’s released since last spring. Same goes for “Compton,” a mediocrity on one of the year’s best albums. The record most deserving of replay: “Merry … Continue reading

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“All populist movements lead to socialism”

A Romney rally in Hialeah: “He’s 100 percent better than I expected,” Pedro Peraza, 57, tells me. Peraza’s son, Michael, 27, adds that he would have taken back his Gingrich vote in the primaries had he known Romney would campaign … Continue reading

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Whatcha doin’ uptown: Sunken Condos

Everything Must Go deserved Two Against Nature‘s plaudits. Besides a credible anti-Bush (I think) song (“Godwhacker”), four or five of Walter Becker’s most elegant and acerbic solos, and indelible ones all over the place by saxophonist Walt Weiskopf, it even … Continue reading

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Recognizing the appeal of violence

David Drake: It’s also interesting, though, how rap music is as much a part of the text as it is a source for the record’s producers. Jeezy pops up on the aforementioned “The Art of Peer Pressure,” while E-40’s lyrics … Continue reading

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A dramatic turnaway: Taylor Swift’s Red

The best track on Taylor Swift’s Red is “Starlight.” Buried in the last third of a sixteen-track album, it boasts the most Swiftian lyric: during the violet hour of a past that might exist, dreams become flesh to the accompaniment … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

Terrific performance.

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George McGovern – R.I.P.

For his and my generation, a symbol of haplessness, of fumbling. He’s the man whom Richard Nixon, as Deep Throat told Bob Woodward with more than a touch of smugness in All The President’s Men, wanted to run against. But … Continue reading

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