Monthly Archives: November 2013

The politics of sex: Blue is the Warmest Color

I haven’t seen a movie in my lifetime that captures the sensuousness of eating spaghetti like Blue is the Warmest Color does. Adèle’s parents specialize in the sauce-heavy pepper-studded kind that we’ve all made in a hurry after getting home … Continue reading

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Singles 11/29 – Thanksgiving edition

I have older friends who admit to shock when they learn I like post-Gabriel Genesis, so when I became aware of Mariah Carey fandom in 2005 or so I figured turnaround was fair play. No sense in hating her, not … Continue reading

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When Black Friday comes I’m gonna dig myself a hole

Well, gee, this is no surprise: Black Friday doesn’t even necessarily offer the best discounts, contrary to what retailers want their customers to believe. Rather than selling most merchandise at full price and marking down what doesn’t sell, stores now … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: ‘You can sell your desk. You don’t need it. You need to get out of the Vatican.’

Wow: When he was archbishop of Buenos Aires, Pope Francis was known to sneak out at night and break bread with the homeless, sit with them literally on the street and eat with them, as part of his aim to … Continue reading

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Ice Ice baby: Frozen

Princesses still dream of true love in Disney films, and I don’t blame them when the objects of true love sport floppy bangs and aquiline noses that could dice carrots. In Frozen two sisters in a Scandinavian kingdom are shut … Continue reading

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Dance dance dance! – Best singles of 1978

Disco here, disco there, disco everywhere in 1978. These days I’m not fond of the Bee Gees’ golden run, but I couldn’t resist the ballad and “If I Can’t Have You,” which sounds better and better. I’m happy with my … Continue reading

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December boys got it bad: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Like a lot of eighties kids, my first acquaintance with Alex Chilton happened when I fast forwarded around The Bangles’ cover of “September Gurls” on Different Light. A decent cover — sung by (I think) bassist Michael Steele, with the … Continue reading

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“A hallmark of Explainers is their tendency to confuse and conflate sexual explicitness and misogyny”

If there’s one thing worse than so-called music fans who dislike hip-hop, it’s liberal fans who think a woman should dislike hip-hop because of its misogyny or something. I meet a lot of of those liberal fans at my university. … Continue reading

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Notes Towards a Supreme Fiction: Stories We Tell

What attracted writer-director-actress Sarah Polley to “The Bear Came Over the Mountain”in 2007 becomes clear fifty minutes into Stories We Tell. In Alice Munro’s short story the sequestering of an aging Alzheimer’s patient leads her without effort into companionship with … Continue reading

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Richard Brody: “It’s an insult…to consider an artist’s earliest work the best ones”

Richard Brody: It’s a mark of directorial artistry when filmmakers, remaking their own films, change them drastically, as Alfred Hitchcock did with “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and Howard Hawks did with “Ball of Fire” (which he turned into … Continue reading

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Kind to be cruel: Evelyn Waugh’s Decline and Fall

Paul Pennyfather can’t forget his youth. On the night of the Bolliner Club dinner at Scone College, he loses most of his clothes and escapes a pursuing mob of students by jumping into a pond, which so angers dons that … Continue reading

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Cocaine and the Big Government congressman

The arrest of Trey Radel matters insofar as it reveals the kinds of fictions to which pols of all stripes subscribe. Liberals and conservatives agree government is Too Big and cumbersome: description, not criticism. Big government comes especially handy when … Continue reading

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