Author Archives: humanizingthevacuum

Steve Bannon — RIP

I don’t give a shit. A racist still sits in the Oval Office. One doesn’t applaud a mass murderer for burning an axe.

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One of these days you’re gonna get it right: the best of Electric Light Orchestra

I knew I’d joined a special place when the first act Stylus Magazine inducted its Hall of Fame wasn’t Joy Division, Talking Heads, or Brian Eno but…ELO. Tireless enthusiasts of British pop but with progressive-rock roots, Electric Light Orchestra at … Continue reading

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Meanwhile on the Medicaid front…

It’s mid August, which means the Congressional Budget Office has goodies to stuff in your beach bucket to accompany the plastic shovel, coconut oil, and shades: If Mr. Trump stops payment of the subsidies, the budget office said, insurers will … Continue reading

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The best of David Lynch

A halfhearted consumer of basic cable, I feel ashamed writing this list without having watched beyond the first episode of the new Twin Peaks. Then again, literalists would have accused me of including TV. Fuck’em. The brevity of my list … Continue reading

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On Trump’s moral chaos

Five remarks, which I may expand on: (1) To admit I’m not surprised by Donald J. Trump’s remarks is not to mitigate my own horror, or my assurance that the badly cropped dictator of the Necrocracy of North Korea heard … Continue reading

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RIP — Donald Trump

How history will remember the Trump presidency:

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Protesting against protesters

Black Lives Matter eroded the cerebral cortex of many state legislators. Consequently, legislators wrote bills exempting drivers who think it’s fine to run over protestors if these drivers were late for a nail appointment or a PTA meeting. The trend … Continue reading

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Mope for the Confederate dead

So this happened: Durham, N.C. — A group of protesters in Durham toppled a Confederate monument Monday evening. Protesters chose to gather near the courthouse for a reason, calling the Confederate Soldiers Monument a symbol of oppression and racism. A … Continue reading

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Done worked a groove: the best of D’Angelo

With a slim oeuvre for which my colleagues have made grand claims, D’Angelo has used writer’s block as a kind of incubator: for thirteen years he watched as Brown Sugar and Voodoo matured into R&B touchstones, unsullied by mediocre contractual … Continue reading

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The best films of 2017 – August update

With the year more than eight months over, it’s time for a recap of its best films to date, an even dozen. EXCELLENT The Ornithologist, dir. João Pedro Rodrigues The Lost City of Z, dir. James Gray A Quiet Passion, … Continue reading

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Responses to violence

Julia Azari reviews the history of presidential responses to acts of violence on black citizens: In 1906, for example, a group of African-American soldiers in Brownsville, Texas, was accused of shooting multiple people. They were acquitted by a court and … Continue reading

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On William Wyler

I bet if you asked young cineastes in 1967 if they considered the director of Dodsworth an excellent director they’d cough politely and change the subject to Howard Hawks, but William Wyler understood the long take and deep focus; Andrew … Continue reading

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