Singles 6/27

The spelling change hasn’t affected Ameriie’s approach to record making. I’m less sanguine about “What I Want”‘s making it to the end of my year-end ballot though (its commercial prospects were nil, if her past is an indication); the “Apache” interpolation succumbs to the merely novel. Many of the other songs suffered from conception problems:Continue reading “Singles 6/27”

Willie Nelson, Isaiah Rashad

Willie Nelson – Band of Brothers The by my count dozen albums he’s released since 2002’s The Great Divide — the last album I bought — probably have good material awaiting compilation, but he was always a prolific fellow. I paid attention to this one because it’s sold a few more copies beyond his cultContinue reading “Willie Nelson, Isaiah Rashad”

Forty-five best albums 2010-2013

The forty-four best albums I’ve listened to since January 2010. A few didn’t make my top twenties at the time; a few matter more now than then. It’s important for me to note that the places matter less than that I mentioned them in June 2014. Every entry I’ve listened to in the last twelveContinue reading “Forty-five best albums 2010-2013”

Why say why? Obvious Child

Like its heroine, Obvious Child dribbles on for fear of lingering on the unpleasant. The heroine is Donna Stern (Jenny Slant), a part-time comedian at Brooklyn’s Trash Bar. She has a habit, which the movie considers outrĂ©, of raiding her biography for material. The night she pokes fun at her and her boyfriend’s sex lifeContinue reading “Why say why? Obvious Child”

George W. Bush and gays

Linking toPolitco is like drinking water in which a dead toad has decomposed for weeks, but I must hand it to Timothy J. Burger for writing an excellent account of what it was like to be gay in the George. W. Bush White House. As impossible as it is to recall, Bush, as the articleContinue reading “George W. Bush and gays”

Sweet Tooth: post-2000s coolness

In 2002 Ian McEwan wrote a novel called Atonement that sold hundreds of thousands of copies for finding a respectable context for his macabre trick edge. In dense, clotted prose McEwan showed how a young schemer upsets the complacencies of the generation between the wars. It was a good book but a labored one, designedContinue reading “Sweet Tooth: post-2000s coolness”

‘It is exhausting to keep hearing from the pro-life movement that women seeking abortions are magical pixie princesses’

The Supreme Court released two major decisions today: one striking down at least some of the executive branch’s recess appointment power, the other eliminating so-called buffer zones keeping abortion clinic hecklers at bay. Unanimous opinions on first glance. But as Laurence H. Tribe and the New York Times‘ Adam Liptak and John Schwartz point out,Continue reading “‘It is exhausting to keep hearing from the pro-life movement that women seeking abortions are magical pixie princesses’”

The big man arrives: Mike’s Murder

Between An Officer and a Gentleman and Terms of Endearment, Debra Winger collaborated with James Bridges on Mike’s Murder. The director of Urban Cowboy, The China Syndrome, and The Paper Chase‘s first original script followed Betty, a bank teller in L.A. whose casual affair with tennis instructor Mike piques an interest strong enough to wantContinue reading “The big man arrives: Mike’s Murder”

“Over half of Cubans ages 18 to 49 identified with or leaned toward the Democratic Party compared with 39% of those 50 years and older.”

Coherence after last week‘s bewildering Cuba Research Institute’s poll on support for the embargo: in the last decade Cubans have started their move into the Democratic Party: The shift is partly explained by the coming of age of U.S.-born Cubans, who have somewhat different political affiliations than their elders. Today, 44% of Cubans in theContinue reading ““Over half of Cubans ages 18 to 49 identified with or leaned toward the Democratic Party compared with 39% of those 50 years and older.””

Dig if you will: Purple Rain

Nine years old at the time of Purple Rain‘s release, I had just enough money to buy Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again” 45 rpm, and I may even have gotten this memory wrong (it may have been an Easter gift). I didn’t own the thing for another ten years; good lord, I owned LoveContinue reading “Dig if you will: Purple Rain”

“Why is it that every time real-world examples of voter fraud pop up they seem to include Republicans?”

Sharing the case of Robert Monroe — charged with “13 felonies related to his voting a dozen times in five elections between 2011 and 2012 using his own name as well as that of his son and his girlfriend’s son” — Steve Benen shakes his head: And while a story like this pretty striking onContinue reading ““Why is it that every time real-world examples of voter fraud pop up they seem to include Republicans?””