Tag Archives: Writing

‘Our House and Senate are willing to pass this stuff’

I’m trying to imagine a similar vote effort on the part of abortion activists. But as national attention focuses largely on the Supreme Court confirmation, movement leaders are hoping for political wins as well. In Minnesota, anti-abortion activists are zeroing … Continue reading

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The Trump-Bannon war on faith in government

Daniel Drezner has a column posted about the Trump administration’s “lowering morale and encouraging trained senior civil service employees to leave the government” – the aim of the since departed Steve Bannon all along.

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Sacralizing the profane: Florence + the Machine and Years & Years

Years & Years – Palo Santo Underwhelming and weedy on first listen, this British trio’s electropop benefits from car play. That’s how I absorbed 2015’s Communion and how “Shine” became my single of the year.

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The ‘overblown’ fears of Democrats in Trump states

So polarized is our culture that I give Democrats no credit for Working Across the Aisle, not when doing so eviscerates Social Security/Medicare, turns voting rights into a noble idea in a textbook, and turns the First Amendment into a … Continue reading

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‘On the Seventh Day’ plays ball with communitarian values

The Mexican rapists, murderers, and vermin of Donald Trump’s malarial imagination are the delivery guys and cotton candy salesmen in On the Seventh Day. If they work seven days a week without a breather, a manager may reward them with … Continue reading

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On fighting the last liberal battles

I belonged to a Facebook film forum to which I’d often post links to my lists and reviews. On Friday afternoon a couple members and I had what I thought was a polite discussion about gender and sexuality and the … Continue reading

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Dismissing Roe myths

The most common arguments I endure from opponents of Roe v. Wade concern its reputation as a feebly written decision (“Even Ruth Bader Ginsberg said so!”) and as an unwarranted federal protection of a matter best left to the states. … Continue reading

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The nonsense of originalism

I’m no lawyer but have always been interested in the Court as an institution: its history, personalities, decisions. I often get impatient with liberals when they decry “judicial activism” or conservatives when they regard a political document written over two … Continue reading

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Behold, Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Thanks to VOX’s Dylan Matthews for citing this passage in Ken Gormley’s 2010 The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, whose lurid title masks an otherwise exhausting account of the Hunting of Bill Clinton. I bought the book at … Continue reading

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On Democratic timidity

Without suggesting that the Democrats run Alexandra Ocasio-Cortezes in every district, Eric Loomis has theories about why party satraps are panicking: They are scared of the grassroots taking over. They are scared of a left version of the Tea Party. … Continue reading

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‘Ava’ a powerful debut by Iranian director

Shot by shot Ava is alive with invention. It isn’t merely that this Iranian-Canadian film avoids the facile payoff of the reaction shot; writer-director Sadaf Foroughi has thought through this remarkable debut, meshing form and content with a seamlessness that’ll … Continue reading

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I’m usin’ my wisdom teeth: the best pop music of 2018 — first half report

In no order: ALBUMS Cupcakke – Ephorize U.S. Girls – In a Poem Unlimited Mr. Fingers – Cerebral Hemispheres Toni Braxton – Sex & Cigarettes Ravyn Lenae – Crush Tracy Thorn – Record Migos – Culture II The Breeders – … Continue reading

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