Monthly Archives: March 2014

Room at the Top

It’s got a modern rhythm, and in Laurence Harvey it’s got a modern performer. Sneering, antipathic, and incapable of warmth, he represents a break from the Ronald Colmans and Cary Grants and Peter Lawfords. He plays a scheming mill worker’s … Continue reading

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“She looked like a tomato struggling for self-expression”

From Brad Leithauser’s appreciation of Wodehouse’s Bertie and Jeeves (the “sort of bonding that springs from romantic love”): The Bertie and Jeeves partnership gets better as it goes along, in part because Wodehouse learned to trust that his reader was … Continue reading

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“Climate change has already left its mark on all continents and across the oceans”

Keep building beach houses, boys and girls, because the future looks bright: Climate change has already left its mark “on all continents and across the oceans”, damaging food crops, spreading disease, and melting glaciers, according to the leaked text of … Continue reading

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I’m the fool paying the dues

To celebrate the return of Christine McVie to Fleetwood Mac, here’s a cover. Happy Sunday.

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Cold bitches: Nymphomaniac Pt. 1

Nymphomaniac opens like overwrought noir. Darkness. It cuts to water dripping from corrugated roof onto garbage cans. Eventually the camera settles, idly, on a battered Charlotte Gainsborough lying in an alley. Power chords announce the introduction of the next major … Continue reading

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Today’s Chris Christie cartoon

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Santeria: “We’re in a transitional phase”

The Miami Herald wrote a thorough uncondescending story about santeria. From what I’ve noticed at the university and around town it flourishes; seeing middle aged men dressed in white from head to toe indicates that they’re saints or about to … Continue reading

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Singles 3/28

A strong week: the most top drawer candidates of 2014 to date. From MNEK’s quiet electro R&B to Shakira trying to outshriek a guitar, these songs approach the expected with genuine eccentricity. At the other end Cole Swindell (who should … Continue reading

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Florida exceeding DC’s initial Affordable Care Act enrollment predictions

I post a lot of disparaging news about Florida. Here’s some good news: More than 440,000 Florida residents had been enrolled through the federal marketplace through the end of February, putting Florida on pace to exceed the federal government’s initial … Continue reading

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Then the war came: Five Came Back

Grand Illusion impressed John Ford. Here was a film, he thought, that while showing the nobility of a vanished class did not flinch from violence. He wanted an American remake, but Darryl F. Zanuck, president of Twentieth Century Fox demurred. … Continue reading

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To dialogue or not to dialogue

This morning a coworker almost killed me. Yesterday, he said, he had dialogued with a vice president. I couldn’t call Public Safety. This horrid neologism is popular in bureaucracies, which can’t drop the assumption that no basic word or phrase … Continue reading

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Ultra: Music festival as corporate bonanza

I’m glad the intentions are so clear: Increasingly, the corporate world is realizing that festivals like Ultra, which organizers predict will draw 165,000 people to Bayfront Park this year, are a compelling way to reach what has become a broad … Continue reading

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