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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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“Anything could be a trigger”

My conclusions aren’t final but I tend to think putting what are in essence warning labels on college courses strikes at the very idea of adulthood and, yes, a college education. Oberlin College tabled the policy: The policy said that … Continue reading

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How the R&B chart died

Chris Molanphy, writing his most thorough and encyclopedic essay yet, chronicles the slow death of the R&B chart, once a place with its own history. How Freddie Jackson, Alexander O’Neal, Maze ft. Frank Beverly, and Rene & Angela scored so … Continue reading

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Farewell to criticism: an ongoing series

In the nineties Owen Gleiberman and Lisa Schwarzbaum represented the peaks of glossy mag film writing. I took their opinions more seriously than the late Roger Ebert’s, despite my disagreeing often and muttering that their enthusiasms led them to strange … Continue reading

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Primum non nocere: William Henry Harrison

Washington and our ignorance of public health collaborated to kill the ninth president: In those days the nation’s capital had no sewer system. Until 1850, some sewage simply flowed onto public grounds a short distance from the White House, where … Continue reading

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Santeria: “We’re in a transitional phase”

The Miami Herald wrote a thorough uncondescending story about santeria. From what I’ve noticed at the university and around town it flourishes; seeing middle aged men dressed in white from head to toe indicates that they’re saints or about to … Continue reading

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“The jingoistic view of what is ‘newsworthy’ is baseless and warped. “

With Antonin Scalia looking forward to hearing NSA cases, Glenn Greenwald reminds us that Barton Gellman and Charles Savage aren’t getting the attention of Edward Snowden in part because they’re respected members of the press and respected members of the … Continue reading

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“The critic is always being swallowed up by the creative artist”

In a busy week for rockcrit as social media force, two pieces enraged and engaged the cognoscenti: the first questioned the musical knowledge of rock critics, the second mocked the idea of intelligent criticism of unfamiliar genres (I will not … Continue reading

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David Brooks looks at women!

Dear god why isn’t this man a sex therapist? When men become fathers, their testosterone levels drop, thus reducing their sex drive. There’s some evidence that it’s the smell of their own infants (but not other people’s infants) that sets … Continue reading

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Meryl Streep in August: Osage County: “the apotheosis of the gorgon role”

Although Charles Taylor approaches movies like a Paulette trembling in an upstairs room waiting for the tongue of fire, I agree with this appraisal of Meryl Streep, particularly the gorgon rules in which she’s been cast in recent years: She … Continue reading

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“Some low-income immigrants who live here legally to qualify for subsidies”

A development: Florida lawmakers backing expansion of the state’s Medicaid program plan to mount a new argument this legislative session: That voting against extending the program would deprive low-income U.S. citizens of access to insurance that is available to some … Continue reading

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Maduro: “CNN, get out of Venezuela, enough of your propaganda.”

Nicolas Maduro, president of Venezuela, says his country doesn’t need CNN or indeed any journalists, four of whom had their licenses revoked. On Friday, Attorney General Luísa Ortega Diaz told Union Radio that eight people have died during the protests, … Continue reading

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