Monthly Archives: May 2015

Jump or pushed? André Téchiné and In the Name of My Daughter

Last year French courts wrote presumably the last chapter in what’s known as l’affaire Le Roux. But don’t count on it. The question remains: did Maurice Agnelet kill or have a part in killing twenty-eight-year-old heiress Agnès La Roux in … Continue reading

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‘The only trouble with being a woman my age is the men my age’

An original: a woman whose second single topped the country chart and debut album got certified platinum in her forties. The songwriter who hustled in Manhattan for years didn’t try to be anything than what she was; there’s a reason … Continue reading

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What oppo research looks like

The first speaker of the House who wasn’t a name on the 6:30 news was Tom Foley. During State of the Union addresses I wasn’t sure whether he or George H.W. Bush looked more bored. I remember the homo rumors … Continue reading

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Singles 5/29

A week when Eurovision nominees dominated squelched discussion of Taylor Swift’s third #1 from 1989 and worst single since “Everything Has Changed,” not to mention Kendrick Lamar’s first #1 of any kind (call it his “Heartbreaker“). Most of those nominees … Continue reading

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Bernie Sanders’ war on women

After Mother Jones‘ publication of his incoherent doggerel about women and sex from two decades ago, Bernie Sanders and his subsequent disgusting record on women deserves scrutiny: In 2003, Sanders was among 32 co-sponsors of the Prison Rape Elimination Act, … Continue reading

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The terror of the CD burner

From Dorian Lynskey’s exemplary account of that grandest of hustles, the marketing of the compact disc, as proud a product of late twentieth century capitalism as the Reagan administration: As the decade wore on, there were tremors of unease. The … Continue reading

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Spirals of silence

Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson have written an invaluable article for The American Propect explaining how the GOP gets rewarded for appalling behavior despite shutdowns, a deviance between its social positions and the voting public’s, odious rhetoric, and bullying: In … Continue reading

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Bisexuality: indispensable frivolity

I’m surprised it took Gawker so long to unearth Tom Hardy’s remarks seven years ago, in which he admitted to boyhood homosexual experiences. His 2011 comments, the site notes, were not so enlightened: the usual repudiation of any hint of … Continue reading

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I sure feel better

I can’t claim credit for discovery. Thank you, Digby, for unearthing this example of how Beltway punditry killed the left wing — without being in tune.

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‘The death penalty in Nebraska is broken’

Wow: Nebraska became the first conservative state in more than 40 years to abolish the death penalty on Wednesday when lawmakers boldly voted 30-19 to override the governor’s veto. There are 10 inmates on Nebraska’s death row — the 11th … Continue reading

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The risky backdrop of Burlington hippies in dreads

Meanwhile Politico publishes the same twaddle that convicted felons H.R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman peddled in 1970 about Democrats: The liberal bastion is an enthusiastic base of support for the senator, who is looking to harness disaffected liberal voters in … Continue reading

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Centrism: ‘anti-ideology’

Mike Konczal could have written this piece in 2011 but being Cassandra is a drag: Centrists position themselves as anti-ideology, representing a responsible compromise between liberals and conservatives. The word conjures sobriety and restraint, caution and moderation—all of which sound … Continue reading

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