Singles 10/31

Lots of winners this week: Sleater Kinney’s assured return, Mick Jenkins’ dense hip-hop, and Flying Lotus’ swirling and equally dense backing track for a worthwhile Kendrick Lamar performance, and, my favorite, Tamar Braxton. Although SK ranked first in number of listens, Braxton is catching up, another example of the female R&B songs that has madeContinue reading “Singles 10/31”

‘My husband used pink lip gloss, like, daily’

By all means let us congratulate the progress made in the United States and Europe, but in many parts of the world the situation remains as bad for homosexuals. Worse even. A wife in India had her husband charged with crimes against nature, thanks to a reinstated law: The account of the woman — bothContinue reading “‘My husband used pink lip gloss, like, daily’”

‘The polls weren’t even like this in 2000’

Well, November should be fun: Floidians face the prospect of an election that’s close to call, according to The Miami Herald The results rest within each poll’s margin of error, meaning the race is essentially a tie — regardless of the poll. Every other major survey shows that. And it looks like it will stayContinue reading “‘The polls weren’t even like this in 2000’”

Galway Kinnell – RIP

When poetry commanded a modicum of popular conversation in the years between Robert Frost and Robert Lowell’s deaths, Galway Kinnell wrote his best work. The loose limb of the prose line characterized his poetry. Beside James Merrill, Anthony Hecht, early Jorie Graham, and Amy Clampitt, to name a few of my favorites, it lacked tensionContinue reading “Galway Kinnell – RIP”

More matter, less art: Listen Up Philip

I have to shake the suspicion that earnest young men — always men — will stream Listen Up Philip and think it nails the writing life. The idea frightens me. Alex Ross Perry’s movie about a serious fellow (Jason Schwartzman) brooding about his success on the eve of publication of his second novel begins asContinue reading “More matter, less art: Listen Up Philip”

‘Why would a disproportionate number of Asian-Americans risk breaking the law to vote twice?’

Driving is a privilege. Supreme Court decisions have determined that voting is a right. Therefore, the burden rests with the government to deny this right. We’re lucky in Florida. When I voted last weekend, the employe at the station asked for my ID. The guy next to me said he forgot his ID. The employee,Continue reading “‘Why would a disproportionate number of Asian-Americans risk breaking the law to vote twice?’”

Tati: “People inhabit public spaces even when they behave privately”

Jonathan Rosenbaum on Jacques Tati’s mastery of sound and color: Tati’s sense of sound and image design always encompasses a certain distance from his subjects that implies observation rather than confrontation—an invitation for us to playfully map out our own itineraries. In PlayTime’s hour-long restaurant sequence, the most complex and sublime achievement of his mise-en-scène,Continue reading “Tati: “People inhabit public spaces even when they behave privately””

Out of the woods and onto the dance floor: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift – 1989 To tag this as a pop move sells the concept short, misses what she’s been up to since 2009, and characterizes “pop” as an immoveable, homogenous force; Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj occupy the same chart but not the same musical space. Britney could not have sung “Style.” Ariana would notContinue reading “Out of the woods and onto the dance floor: Taylor Swift”

Working class conflicts: Angaleena Presley and Nadine Hubbs

See now this is how you interview an artist. Nadine Hubbs, author of Rednecks, Queers & Country Music, and Angaleena Presley answer questions about class, money, the South, and women. A conversation about American Middle Class’ title track led to observations about how few of us surpass our parents’ expectations. Hubbs: What Angaleena shows inContinue reading “Working class conflicts: Angaleena Presley and Nadine Hubbs”

‘You’re not patriotic just because you back whoever’s in power today or their policies’

Edward Snowden, whom Charles Pierce calls the International Man of Luggage, talks to The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel and Stephen F. Cohen. Too lengthy to excerpt, it covers the iPhone 6’s encryption measures (done after the tech companies learned what the National Security Agency expected them to turn over), the definition of patriotism, the mixedContinue reading “‘You’re not patriotic just because you back whoever’s in power today or their policies’”

‘We Danes accept that a burger is expensive’

Americans who have their hearts set on working for the Burger King Corporation should emigrate. In Denmark, the average fast food employee earns the equivalent of twenty dollars. Socialism! In Denmark, fast-food workers are guaranteed benefits their American counterparts could only dream of. Under the industry’s collective agreement, there are five weeks’ paid vacation, paidContinue reading “‘We Danes accept that a burger is expensive’”

Lord of collusion

Promising! Human-rights lawyer Scott Horton, who interviewed a wide range of intelligence and administration officials for his upcoming book, “Lords of Secrecy: The National Security Elite and America’s Stealth Foreign Policy,” told The Intercept that the White House and the CIA are hoping a Republican Senate will, in their words, “put an end to thisContinue reading “Lord of collusion”