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On the Human Rights Campaign

The Human Rights Campaign sends young volunteers to collect signatures at my university at least once a semester. When I reject the request, the volunteer looks sad, as if I’d reminded her of her bigoted dad; when I explain I’m … Continue reading

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“Miami, as we know it today, is doomed”

My neighborhood doesn’t flood. Cockroaches and star spiders hang out in Westchester to escape flooding. In 2010 Allstate and Florida thought otherwise. For the first time in memory, the area was classified as a flood zone. Owning a condo meant … Continue reading

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“In my business, yes, the only people who hold grudges are the ones who I’ve had to drop or fail”

As the semester winds down and commencement approaches, students get desperate. Fortunately South Florida boasts the most egregious example: Could a college student become so outraged over a bad grade that they would order a “hit” on their professor? That’s … Continue reading

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Notes she never sings: Kelis

Kelis – Breakfast Producers have struggled for the apposite settings for her big chalky voice, and when “Jerk Ribs” leaked in spring 2013 it sounded like Dave Sitek had found one. The groovy bass line and the well-deployed horn section … Continue reading

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“My students invented ‘too big to fail’ sitting in a classroom. Because it’s not that hard.”

According to Elizabeth Warren, senior senator from Massachusetts, the Harvard students whom she taught in 2008 figured out how the government was going to protect financial institutions after the collapse of the world as they knew it: “Now, here was … Continue reading

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The worst Gabriel Garcia Marquez obit you’ll likely read

Richard Brookhiser, who a lifetime ago wrote a mordant take on the 1984 election, shakes his finger at the corpse of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and hopes that the books he, Brookhiser, hasn’t read match his politics: Like everyone else I … Continue reading

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Mommy leerest: Child’s Pose

Movie moms are the easiest to render, easier than garrulous sidekicks who get killed in buddy movies. The trick is to direct and act them so that they don’t turn into gargoyles. Child’s Pose flirts with gargoyle poses but its … Continue reading

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“I have a life that did not become”

I give you A.R. Ammons’ excellent “Easter Morning.” I have a life that did not become, that turned aside and stopped, astonished: I hold it in me like a pregnancy or as on my lap a child not to grow … Continue reading

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“How can I want you for myself when I’m already someone’s girl?”

One of her two or three best singles. Happy Sunday.

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“This is an issue that can be used against Republicans and for no good reason”

Rick Scott once opposed giving the children of illegal immigrants in-state tuition. So did Charlie Crist, who as governor agreed with the Florida legislature in saying no thanks. Now Crist supports the measure. So does Rick Scott. The Florida Legislature … Continue reading

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Singles 4/18

The week’s biggest song was a no-brainer: a highlight on last year’s best album, a stomper and howler on its own even with a canned remix. Alicia Keys does neither in “It’s On Again,” seemingly dazed by Kendrick Lamar’s bulldozer … Continue reading

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Koch brothers

I’d….forgotten David Koch ran as the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 1980. He thought Ronald Wilson Reagan was too liberal. In 1980. Bernie Sanders: In 1980, Libertarian vice-presidential candidate David Koch ran on a platform that called for abolishing … Continue reading

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