Monthly Archives: December 2017

Worst Songs Ever: Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Worst Songs ever: The Black Eyed Peas’ “I Gotta Feeling”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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Online dating and performance

It began with AOL chatrooms. Lacking the courage to hit a gay bar alone, I sought the anonymity of polyphony. Anyone who remembers those late Clinton year online chat interfaces knows what I mean by that last noun: as many … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: The Who’s “You Better You Bet”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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‘The Shape of Water’ kept afloat by too many familiar elements

Adept at treating fables as if they were real and daily life as if it were a fable, Guillermo del Toro goes all the way into romantic lunacy with The Shape of Water. The director of The Devil’s Backbone and … Continue reading

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Hail fellow well read: The books of 2017

Through hurricanes, conferences, grading, writing, and blogging, I managed to read the following books in 2017, many of which were unfamiliar to me. Some modern classics disappointed me (Such a Long Journey), others impressed me (Salvage the Bones). The best … Continue reading

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The effect of repealing the individual mandate

A year ago I said to my friend Mari, “We’re in for it now” enough times that she wanted to kick my teeth in. It’s December 2017, and we’re in it: tax bill signed, GOP congressmen calling for investigations into … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Britney Spears’ “Gimme More”

Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel is expensive. I promise my readers that my list will when … Continue reading

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What happened to Poe and Finn? Burning questions about ‘The Last Jedi’

My crew and I left the theater late yesterday afternoon disappointed with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but Star Wars universe fans court disappoint like Democrats do despair. No movie can measure up to the perfect Wookiepedia in their minds. … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On”

Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” PEAK CHART POSITION: #1 in June 1990. Like a good single, a terrible one reveals itself with airplay and forbearance. I don’t want to hate songs; to do so would shake ever-sensitive follicles, and styling gel … Continue reading

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The best Christmas movies

See Catherine Deneuve? She knows how to greet the affection, angst, dysfunction, moments of pleasure, and warmth that Christmas presents to us. In my last peek A Christmas Tale seemed even stronger, Arnaud Desplechin’s best film. But if unalloywed warmth … Continue reading

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My favorite Xmas songs

I realized I’ve never assembled this list. The Killers contribution has to be heard to be believed, as with all things Killers. 1. Run-D.M.C – Christmas in Hollis 2. Wham! – Last Christmas 3. Mariah Carey — All I Want … Continue reading

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