Monthly Archives: October 2014

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 … Continue reading

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‘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 … Continue reading

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‘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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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) … Continue reading

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‘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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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‘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 … Continue reading

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‘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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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