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David Cassidy — RIP

The variety show star as teen phenomenon, without the talent to make the leap into pop that reflected contemporary values until I remember that Terry Jacks and The Carpenters reflected the Nixon seventies as surely as CSNY and Alice Cooper. … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Big Mountain “Baby I Love Your Way”

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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The Obama presidency’s ‘profound psychological wound’ on white Americans

For the first time in my life, my family and I are leaving town for Thanksgiving (details of which will follow). Because it’s a smaller group, I predict no arguments about kneeling football players, Harvey Weinstein, Hillary Clinton and uranium, … Continue reading

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The new romantic as the old Romantic: Taylor Swift

“I had a bad feeling,” Taylor Swift sings just before another volley of beat drops in the interestingly titled “Dancing with Our Hands Tied.” On her weakest album since her 2006 debut, the twenty-first century’s canniest self-promoter implicitly acknowledges that … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Hoobastank’s “The Reason”

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: Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush”

Paula Abdul’s “Rush Rush” PEAK CHART POSITION: #1 in June 1991 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 … Continue reading

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In ‘BPM (Beats Per Minute)’ identity is politics

An abbreviation most often used for dance tracks, the phrase “beats per minute” gains poignant resonance in a tough new French film. In the years before protease inhibitors, when the gay movement fought for every federal dollar, a lifespan was … Continue reading

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Singles 11/17

Click on links for full reviews. Tune-Yards – Look at Your Hands (7) Malu Trevejo – Luna Llena (7) Krept & Konan ft. Stormzy – Ask Flipz (7) Kip Moore – More Girls Like You (6) N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna – … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Duran Duran’s “A View to a Kill”

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: Mike Posner’s “I Took A Pill In Ibiza (SeeB Remix)”

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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Screenings #30

Now that I’m a Filmstruck subscriber, expect viewings of treasure by the likes of Mikio Naruse and Edward Yang. Lady Bird (Gerwig, 2017) 9/10 BPM (Beats per Minute) (Campillo, 2017) 7/10 The Killing of a Sacred Deer (Lanthimos, 2017) 8/10 … Continue reading

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‘Lady Bird’ flies high on wit and empathy

Mother-daughter conflicts have rarely been depicted on screen with the acuity of Lady Bird. Because Greta Gerwig directed her own script, “acuity” also includes humor. I don’t want to sell Lady Bird short: it’s an astonishing debut, as fleet and … Continue reading

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