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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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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: RIP

The first short story read in Brother Howard’s sophomore English class was “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings.” Familiar with “The Pearl” and other tales in which “ethnics” figure, I was impressed with the po-faced manner in which the … Continue reading

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“Narratives feed on themselves, and there was a time when Obamacare just kept losing.”

The conventional wisdom keeps being conventional. Now that the Affordable Care Act looks like it won’t collapse, the headlines have changed: Narratives feed on themselves, and there was a time when Obamacare just kept losing. HealthCare.gov didn’t work. That made … Continue reading

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“How on Earth did this thing get so big, anyway? What were they feeding it?”

Hooks are overrated. Choruses are overrated. Oasis was overrated — in England at least. Tom Ewing on their 1998 number one “All Around the World,” destined to be most effective as a commercial jingle: Back on “D’You Know What I … Continue reading

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The evolution of Barack Obama

One of the more amusing bits about political journalism in the last five years since the world went mad over the election of a black centrist as president is watching reporters do all they can to avoid winking and elbowing … Continue reading

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The fact of a doorframe: Hide Your Smiling Faces

Male directors tend to lose their common sense when rendering boyhood, so Hide Your Smiling Faces‘ brevity and distancing devices are welcome. Brothers Eric (Nathan Varnson) and Tommy (Ryan Jones) swim, fight, and run in the backwaters of rural New … Continue reading

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