Monthly Archives: June 2014

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” … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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In Yer Face

From Ex:el, one of my favorite albums of the nineties. Happy Sunday.

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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‘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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“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, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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“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” … Continue reading

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