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The best final studio albums

Listening a couple weeks ago to The Go-Betweens’ 2005 Oceans Apart, I got to thinking about final studio albums  as opposed to albums assembled after an artist’s death. LULU wasn’t going to make it. Too many people were still alive. … Continue reading

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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ — the mid ’80s McCartney of Star Wars flicks

I don’t review movies in the Star Wars universe the usual way. Solo: A Star Wars Story is no exception (nor do I watch these movies in the usual way — 9:15 a.m. screening time right here, readers!). Here are … Continue reading

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Protests can work

And sometimes in the midst of death we get life: Publix is backing down in a standoff with survivors of this year’s mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school, saying it has suspended political contributions. The regional supermarket chain, … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Jim Stafford’s ‘My Girl Bill’

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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‘Eight Hours Don’t Make a Day’ another example of Fassbinder’s splendor

Critics mention the plenitude of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s catalog in every appraisal because it staggers us to think he could have written, directed, and occasionally starred in more than thirty films of astonishing control, verve, and replete with ideas. His … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: Meri Wilson’s “Telephone Man”

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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Philip Roth: Where to start?

Eight novels in eighteen years. Of varying lengths, to be sure, but a formidable rate of production in any case. In the nineties, the rate of production and average length of the novels went from formidable to prodigious: Operation Shylock, Sabbath’s … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: The Heights’ ‘How Do You Talk to an Angel’

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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Philip Roth — RIP

His most infamous book paid for the adventures of ensuing decades, but it remains the book most recognized by the general public, and why not? Released during the same period as Gore Vidal’s Myra Breckingridge and John Updike’s Couples, Philip … Continue reading

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Worst Songs Ever: The Guess Who’s ‘American Woman’

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: Billy Ocean’s ‘Get Outta My Dreams, Get into My Car’

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 innovative capacity of Florida lawmakers

In an unprecedented bit of collaborating, the editorial boards of the three major South Florida newspapers published exhortations to their communities on Saturday warning about the immediate danger posed by sea level rise. More remarkably, they accept the consensus: there’s … Continue reading

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