Monthly Archives: October 2015

‘I sit alone in my four-cornered room staring at candles…’

I’m no Halloween fan — I can’t keep track of how many identities a month I discard. So I’ll close the day with one of the quietest scary songs I know. Take care of each other.

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Life in these United States

This happened in Missouri last week: In a 2-1 decision Tuesday, the Western District Missouri Court of Appeals ruled against James Pittman, who had sued Cook Paper Recycling Corp. for discriminating against him for being gay. Though the direct harassment … Continue reading

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‘Room’ can’t explain its deeper mysteries

How you respond to Room depends on your tolerance for the central performance. As five-year-old Jack, a boy who’s been locked in a garage with his mother (Brie Larson) his whole life, Jacob Tremblay gives an emphatic simulation of terror and wonder … Continue reading

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Singles 10/30

A fivesome from Hokkaido recorded one of the year’s best rock songs using the simplest of means — “their name reflects a wish to act quickly and lightly, like fish in the water,” according to the Wiki. Hurrying the tempos … Continue reading

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Big party self-pity

CNBC, a literal network — the one with Rick Santelli allowed to rant about market shares and the network employing Jim Cramer and his endorsements of bull(shit)markets. To me the catastrophe of Wednesday night’s GOP debate wasn’t the questions — … Continue reading

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Chameleons and elections

Brian Beutler with a smart observation: Obama was rusty and under-prepared, which contributed to his poor showing that night, but a big reason he lost the plot so badly is that the Mitt Romney he had prepared to debate was … Continue reading

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‘The Assassin’ brings medieval China to marvelous life

I can make a case for Hou Hsiao-Hsien as the best director of the nineties. From A City of Sadness to The Flowers of Shanghai, Hou examined tensions between his native Taiwan and Red China as well as the (male) … Continue reading

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Say goodbye on a night like this: 55 golden greats

Here’s the complete list of my fifty favorite albums, with caprice as my muse. Thank you for the comments and love. 1. Electronic – Electronic 2. Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got 3. Bryan Ferry … Continue reading

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‘Jeb Bush Inching Podium Closer To Center Of Stage ‘

The Onion‘s on the case: Speculating that he might be nudging it just a tiny bit with his foot or something, Americans viewing Wednesday’s Republican presidential debate said that candidate Jeb Bush appeared to be inching his podium closer to … Continue reading

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Marco Rubio, working man

“If you work at the VA, and you aren’t doing your job, they get to fire you,” Marco Rubio said last week. “I think people are shocked that that doesn’t actually exist in the entire government, since there’s really no … Continue reading

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The big deal

Aware that the GOP-controlled House loves the White House’s negotiating posture enough to request Joe Biden whenever it wants more caviling from the president, I was alarmed when I read reports on the deal that will make Speaker designate Paul … Continue reading

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Public education and its discontents

The most insistent strain of neoliberalism in Barack Obama’s DNA is his commitment to charlatans in the educational testing system — the Michelle Rhees whose commitment to high scores doubles as a way to transform public schools into fiefdoms managed … Continue reading

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