Monthly Archives: March 2013

Happy Easter: Cerrone

I wish my family Easter parties bumped like this.

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Spring Breakers

Harmony Korine is to sequential narrative what Oscar Wilde was to verse tragedies. Since Gummo he has shown no talent for the most basic storytelling; with Spring Breakers he no longer pretends he has an interest, thank god. Using an … Continue reading

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Singles 3/29

“Justice Thomas dissents,” I wrote in the comments section after Vampire Weekend’s leaked track left the rest of the Jukeboxers unimpressed. I joined majorities for easy-pick Lambert, a terrific dance track, and Earl Sweatshirt’s chance to make Frank Ocean look … Continue reading

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Best of 2013 – First Quarter

It’s not too early to mention ten albums I’ve liked this first quarter, in no order of preference. Several terrific country records, a fine synth pop symphony recorded by two sisters as rewarding as the Roches’ Speak, two as-good-as-we-expected albums … Continue reading

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The state with the prettiest name #487

Why my state rocks: The House K-12 Education Subcommittee voted 10-3 in support of a controversial bill that would give principals the power to choose certain teachers and school employees who would carry concealed weapons on campus. The schools would … Continue reading

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State/fed tension

Hmm, Students of Windsor and Hollingsworth have always recognized a basic tension between the theories of gay-rights advocates in the cases. The challenge to DOMA is undergirded by a sense that marriage is a matter for state rather than federal … Continue reading

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Gettin’ hitched

As Margaret Talbot’s (firewalled) article on transgender surgery pointed out, homosexual rights don’t end with marriage. It isn’t even a beginning. For more than twenty years, Human Rights Campaign ingratiated itself with Democratic elites. Gay marriage looked like the easiest … Continue reading

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What’s a flagpole?

Compiling the delightful things Antonin Scalia has written or said about homosexuals since Romer v. Evans in 1996, Adam Serwer shows the frivolousness of the justice’s arguments. The most useful advice: homosexuals aren’t trying hard enough to couple with the … Continue reading

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Wire’s Change Becomes Us

Since 2008’s Object 47, singer-guitarist-producer Colin Newman has applied dollops of maple glaze to the band’s driving chords, and on Red Barked Tree Wire’s aggression had been so sweetened that on quasi-pastoral numbers like the title track it sounded even … Continue reading

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Anthony Kennedy Watch

Slate’s Emily Bazelon breaks down the DOMA and Proposition 8 cases that the Supreme Court will hear tomorrow and Wednesday: The California case could be trickier for Kennedy, since it pits a voter-approved same-sex marriage ban, Proposition 8, against the … Continue reading

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Happy Sunday

“I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On.” “Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming.” “Early in the Morning.” Robert Palmer could remake electro-R&B without inflating the songs full of steroids as he did with the likes of “Simply Irresistable” and “Addicted to … Continue reading

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Like Someone in Love

Abbas Kiarostami can frame actors. In what I’ll call the prologue of Like Someone in Love, he shoots a trio of bar patrons sitting and drinking as a voice, irritated but in control, drifts over them. But the speaker, Aikiko … Continue reading

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