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The horror, the horror: It Follows

From Vampyr to Halloween and Friday the 13th, horror films have trafficked in the disgust for the sexuality of young women, as if the filmmakers wanted to punish them for taking boyfriends to lovers lanes. Mediating this disgust are shots … Continue reading

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‘Were you in the yard with your wife and children?’

One of the better responses to Ted Cruz’s 9-11-inspired affection for the values of country: But I’m hard-pressed to think of any rockers, classic or otherwise, who were disrespectful in the aftermath of 9/11. Certainly it wasn’t Bruce Springsteen or … Continue reading

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Expecting too much, Pt. 3146

It’s not often two of my favorite political journalists and bloggers make two obtuse musical remarks in one day. Louis Menand, reviewing W. Joseph Campbell’s 1995: The Year the Future Began: The stock market began the nineteen-nineties with the Dow … Continue reading

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‘Texas will put a name on anything’

A sprinkle of constitutional history and a talent for what Walter Matthau’s Russell Long in JFK called pickin’ gnat shit out of pepper — that’s what a reporter needs to cover the Supreme Court.Adam Liptak is almost as good as … Continue reading

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Shit don’t change: Courtney Barnett and Kendrick Lamar

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit With her wry meter at eight and climbing and a sense of falling stresses all her own, the Liz Phair comparisons are unavoidable. She sounds closer to … Continue reading

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In our present crisis

I’ve written it many times: people like Ted Cruz and Rick Scott grew up revering Ronald Reagan’s first inaugural, concentrating on the line “In the present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.” What’s … Continue reading

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Florida, the state with the prettiest name, part #1283

Poignant: Katharine Jones, 25, of Pensacola, has long, dark hair and a thin frame. The transgender woman looks unremarkable at a glance, but if asked for her ID, it would say she is male. When she first began to transition, … Continue reading

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