Monthly Archives: December 2016

I loved you all: The best of The Beatles

On my list you’ll see the Harrisong “Old Brown Shoe,” with its supple bass, tight harmonies, and acerbic solo; “Baby’s in Black,” employing waltz time and detachment; and at the top a Paul McCartney performance of grace and buttoned-down regret … Continue reading

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We’ll get by, I suppose — a farewell to 2016 and all that

On the last day of 2016, I can’t dispel the mephitic vapors of an autumn that in South Florida never cooled and an election season that didn’t and won’t end. I published some of my finest work. I read, deeply, … Continue reading

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What I read in 2016

I omitted books I’ve reread (Tender is the Night, A Modern Instance) and short story and poetry collections. Christopher Isherwood – Mr. Norris Changes Trains David Talbot – The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s … Continue reading

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2016: the year in singles

Every year I announce I’ve reviewed more singles than ever, and I’m not wrong. I’m also doing more sit-ups than ever. Below are the original scores of every tune I’ve reviewed at The Singles Jukebox. I’ve kept the original grades … Continue reading

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From this point on it only gets rougher: The best of Outkast

I came to Outkast late. Impressed by “Elevators (Me and You),” I didn’t go, as the kids say, all-in until Stankonia, which I got as an advanced copy for an unwritten review. The success of “Ms Jackson” — that synth, … Continue reading

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Trump and clickbait

Greg Sargent, sharing some hard news lessons: If the headline merely conveys that Trump claimed credit for something, without also conveying that this is open to doubt, then it risks being misleading, particularly since people often scan headlines without digging … Continue reading

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George Michael and ‘ queer plausible deniability’

When David Bowie died almost a year ago, I remember no eulogists arguing that his place in the rock canon wasn’t deserved. His acceptance began in the late nineties as a generation of Billy Corgans absorbed his sounds and wannabe … Continue reading

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I’ll get your number: The best of De La Soul

As much as it pained me to dismiss …and the Anonymous Nobody last August, I suspect they’ll be back. I want them to stay back. 1. Ego Trippin’ (Part Two) 2. Brother (Native Tongue Decision) 3. Eye No 4. In … Continue reading

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‘Lion’ meows through its paces

Lion is such a well-intentioned snooze that I know it’s going to clean up at the box office. The true story of how an Indian boy gets separated from his family, is adopted by white Australians, and twenty years later … Continue reading

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On Paul Ryan’s health care death march

Some updates on the efforts to keep repeal of the Affordable Care Act as quietly as possible so that House Speaker Paul Ryan doesn’t reveal his cowardice: Ryan and his allies envision a quick, surgical strike on Obamacare soon after … Continue reading

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Debbie Reynolds — RIP

When I remember Debbie Reynolds, it’s for her excellent portrait of polite resilience in Albert Brooks’ Mother. She gets her way, quietly monstrous.

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I just want a chance to fly: Erykah Badu

Al Shipley’s list reminds me of what a deep, solid, weird catalog Erykah Badu has, especially when four albums, an EP stretched to album length, and a handful of odds ‘n’ sods constitutes the catalog of this wonderful artist, to … Continue reading

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