Monthly Archives: April 2015

I don’t care what they say anymore this is…My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn

For a director specializing in pop and modish violence, Nicolas Refn sure overvalues his capacity to feel. I don’t doubt that like most people he’s a complex guy but in the documentary created by wife Liv Corfixen he comes off … Continue reading

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‘Have I got a deal for you’

Emails published by The Intercept and the New York Times reveal the degree to which the American Psychological Association “secretly coordinated” with the Bush administration to give it the legal imprimatur needed for its torture program: In 2003, the APA … Continue reading

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The drug war and ‘social control’: David Simon

Using his experience as a cops reporter, David Simon, creator of “The Wire,” analyzes what has happened in Baltimore, addressing the comment I’ve read about What To Do about a city whose police force boasts a black chief and most … Continue reading

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Mother love: Mommy

Some movies want to belt you out of the theater; Mommy wants to tie you to the chair, jam a stick of dynamite in your mouth, and light it. The young Canadian writer-director Xavier Dolan has made fascinating movies that … Continue reading

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The so-called thrill of live performance

I’ve been to few concerts alone, all for the purposes of reviewing, so the real question is whether I like them. The peripatetic nature of bands touring Florida had an influence. In my younger and more vulnerable years I didn’t … Continue reading

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Gay workers…?

Digby: It’s hard to imagine a country in which it’s legal for gay people to marry but it’s also legal to discriminate against gay workers, but it’s possible. In the past, as miscegenation laws were struck down, in some states … Continue reading

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Transience, Swiss style: Clouds of Sils Maria

In Olivier Assayas’ breakthrough film Irma Vep, Maggie Cheung plays an actress whose role infects her real life. Clouds of Sils Maria also studies the correspondences between script and life. But Assayas’s tread is as careful and expert as Cheung … Continue reading

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Democrats ‘stunned’ by intensity of lobbying mounted by White House

Katrina vanden Heuvel is not my favorite representative from the left, but this column nails it: It has come to this. To sell his trade treaty — specifically the fast-track trade authority that would grease the skids for passage of … Continue reading

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“Was Harry Reid really pummeled by a relative?”

Amazing. Rolling Stone got legitimately destroyed for running a story about UVA rape allegations in which the reporter didn’t confirm the allegations. Now John Hinderaker, a blogger at one of the filthier online sewers, got punked by one of his … Continue reading

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Rhyme and reason: Speedy Ortiz and Young Thug

One of the best things about these two wonderful albums: I can hear Young Thug doing wonders with “Law school rejects/so they quarreled at the bar instead” and Speedy Ortiz fuzzing up “Constantly Hating.” Young Thug – Barter 6 Barter … Continue reading

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Katha Pollitt: ‘Reproductive rights come with a price tag’

Katha Pollitt has a way of clarifying important questions. Recent gains in acceptance of gay marriage have not translated into a concurrent rise in accepting reproductive liberty. Pollitt: Reproductive rights are inescapably about women. Pervasive misogyny means not only that … Continue reading

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‘Skies the limit let me really know’

One of my favorite Badu jams. Happy Sunday.

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