Monthly Archives: July 2013

“This will be a HUGE problem for us”: the No Child Left Behind scam

Readers know my feelings about standardized testing: a racket, intended to hobble public education. For a few years now Florida’s testing standards have failed to meet even the flimsiest of rubrics. Now look what we’ve learned: Former Indiana and current … Continue reading

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Ain’t gonna cop to that: Blurred Lines

I’ve heard it more than once: Robin Thicke’s Blurred Lines is the album that Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience should have been. But I question the premise. Should any artist make an album like Blurred Lines in 2013 — a … Continue reading

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Henry Jaglom on Welles: “I always acted as if everything was going to go great for him”

Orson Welles may have been right: cinema is dead, it can only reconstruct its antecedents. From reading My Lunches With Orson, I can make a case for Welles for being the most frightening dilettante of the twentieth century: a man … Continue reading

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Pull up your pants, don’t use the n-word, don’t litter, and other advice

CNN anchor Don Lemon, who has been outspoken on the issues confronting black Americans, particularly since the verdict of the Zimmerman trial, surprised some viewers this weekend by endorsing Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly’s recent commentary on black culture — and … Continue reading

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Dishwater: Ginger and Rosa

A pokey melodrama about two schoolgirls (Ellie Fanning and Alice Englert) maturing sexually at the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis. Ginger, the worrier of the two, shows an interest in poetry and politics, nurtured by a radical father (Alessandro … Continue reading

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Ginuwine – Two Sides to a Story

Whatta jam. Happy Sunday.

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I’m about to lose control and I think I like it: Pedro Almodovar’s I’m So Excited

Crude, juvenile, and stupid, I’m So Excited is unlike any other Pedro Almodovar film since the late eighties, and one of his best. This is a film in which a Pointer Sisters routine performed by three gay flight attendants and … Continue reading

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Miami: city with the worst drivers

On my way to grocery shop this morning, I saw a driver decelerate, turn on her emergency blinkers, and stop her car on a busy avenue so that she could say a few words to someone she knew standing at … Continue reading

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Ruth Bader Ginsberg: “I didn’t want to be right, but sadly I am.”

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: “The notion that because the Voting Rights Act had been so tremendously effective we had to stop it didn’t make any sense to me,” Ginsburg said in a wide-ranging interview late Wednesday in her office at the … Continue reading

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Singles 7/26

You’ll be hearing about songwriter Brandy Clark often this year. Her album, available piecemeal on Soundcloud until recently, is pretty good and maybe better. “Stripes” is one of the rote offerings but in this mediocre company it’s a cold gin … Continue reading

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“I believe that how you treat people matters”: Ta-Nehisi Coates on Weiner, Clinton

New York is a blue state. It will remain blue for a long time. Therefore I don’t worry about a paucity of candidates qualified enough to supplant Anthony Weiner. His peccadilloes are his own affair — and his wife’s. He … Continue reading

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I may not always love you

Chris Randle reviews every Pet Shop Boys single from “West End Girls” to “Vocal.” I especially like what he says about what is to me one of their least distinguished singles, one of two okay tracks on the otherwise relentless … Continue reading

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