Monthly Archives: May 2014

Bright Days Ahead

The most shocking development in the French infidelity drama Bright Days Ahead is the heroine Caroline’s decision to resume smoking. She announces it twice, to an indifferent husband (Patrick Chesnais) and to a slightly more surprised daughter, with the ardor … Continue reading

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UN Climate Change Panel – 2030

No words.

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“How was I to know which way the story’d go?”

Discussing this eyeopening “live” performance of “Do They Know It’s Christmas” with friends on Facebook, I reminded them that Kenny Rogers had cajoled and shamed an American Music Awards audience in 1995 into joining him for a tenth-anniversary rendition of … Continue reading

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Singles 5/30

Keyshia Cole’s resigned “Next Time…” and Ledisi’s buoyant “I Blame You’ top this week’s list, with Kevin Gates growling from the cleaning products aisle in the supermarket as runner-up. But Wayne’s fierce turn on a Fucking Drake song surprised me … Continue reading

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The politics of HIV

Catching HIV is one of the last worries on the mind of the young gay men I meet. The virus that can turn into full-fledged AIDS killed millions of men and made a generation of survivors wary of sexual contact. … Continue reading

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Reviewed: Kevin Gates, Röyksopp-Robyn

Kevin Gates – By Any Means The keeper is “Movie,” a quiet account about the birth of his child in which his iPhone reminds him of a new set of responsibilities he can’t avoid, keyed to a mournful synth and … Continue reading

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If there were no Barack Obama, Barack Obama would dream of him

Published two months ago but coming to my attention this evening, this David Bromwich dissection of Barack Hussein Obama’s conception of the presidency indulges in the speculative psychology that partisans can treat like a loaded weapon in the same room … Continue reading

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“We tolerate, in other words, that which we would rather avoid”

Suzanna Danuta Walters in The Chronicle Review warns against “rose-colored” triumph narratives about the acceptance of homosexuality. “Tolerance,” she reminds readers, used to mean “the ability to bear pain and hardship.” It doesn’t make sense to say that we tolerate … Continue reading

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Wayne LaPierre: his look is “the smooth and shiny black of the vulture’s feathers”

I like Charles Pierce’s conception of NRA scion Wayne LaPierre as a character in a Warren Zevon song or Conrad novel: Wayne LaPierre gets paid when his masters sell guns to the bad guys. Wayne LaPierre gets paid when his … Continue reading

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The Immigrant

The Statue of Liberty swims into view through grey mist. If James Gray were the sort of writer-director who relished symbolism, or I the sort of critic who applauded it, I’d say this moment incarnates what makes The Immigrant such … Continue reading

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There’s something wrong with paradise?

I haven’t admitted this yet, but here goes: I’m a Walt Disney World Resort junkie. Ever since a fluke stay at the once-and-future Polynesian Village Resort Hotel in summer ’87 I’ve kept up with the changing times. I know people … Continue reading

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Where there’s a Will…

In which George Will wishes he lived in 1874, or rather, in Grover Cleveland’s America: Congress, defined by the Constitution’s Article I, is properly the first, the initiating branch of government. So, I will veto no bill merely because I … Continue reading

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