Monthly Archives: March 2018

Worst Songs Ever: Oasis’ ‘Wonderwall’

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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Songs of faith and devotion

“I’m not religious, but I feel so moved,” Madonna once sang, and on Passion Weekend that’s how these holy days unfurl for this former Catholic. The following prayers, laments, and supplications move me beyond measure. 1. Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan … Continue reading

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A pair of Hong Sang-soo films show his wise, delicate touch

Delighted by revision as a narrative method, the Korean director Hong Sang-soo makes films that force audiences to judge the present based on the steady encroachment of the past. Populating these films with movie directors would open him up to … Continue reading

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‘Mary, mother of us, where is your relief?’

The ritual abandoned but the romance still exerting a pull, Good Friday has a stillness that attracts me years after I abandoned faith. Gerard Manley Hopkins, never one to take things easy, let alone still-y, has a sonnet for the … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Jimmy Buffett – “Margaritaville”

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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Figuring it out: Toni Braxton, Yo La Tengo, and The Breeders

Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes On a bonus cut on her last album, Toni Braxton played a woman having casual sex for the last time with the husband whom she’ll miss for the rest of her life. Four years … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Mr. Big’s “To Be With You”

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: Simple Minds’ ‘Don’t You (Forget About Me)’

                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 … Continue reading

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Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’ all too (in)credible

Every time we praise Steven Soderbergh for making his small scale genre pieces like Haywire and Side Effects, we forget we have to deal with the results, often middling at best. The pitches are more interesting. 2017’s Logan Lucky was … Continue reading

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John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment

The retired John Paul Stevens, ninety-seven, published a column in today’s NYT in which the following words appeared: But the demonstrators should seek more effective and more lasting reform. They should demand a repeal of the Second Amendment. Concern that … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya, Pink – ‘Lady Marmalade”

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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‘Even the mysteries/It’s all me’

With deep respect to Dusty in Memphis, my Supremes comp, The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Exile in Guyville, these albums I submitted to NPR’s Turning the Tables: The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women survey. The first album will get … Continue reading

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