Rebel Alliances

Rebel Alliances

29

Oct

2015

So, yesterday, we talked about problematic art, and how it can be dealt with in a productive and respectful way and not in a way that's just griping that doesn't accomplish anything.  Hooray!  I'm solving all the world's problems!  Now let's talk about the concept of  "allies".Like "problematic", this is a word that get ...
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A Problem That’s Not a Problem

A Problem That’s Not a Problem

29

Oct

2015

 "Little things that just don't matter," goes a Quasi lyric often quoted by my partner, "still could get me mad as a hatter".  Yes, folks, we've been putting it off for a long time, and I'm not any happier about it than you are, but it's time we finally had a talk about the intersection of cultural criticism and soci ...
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House of Representatives

House of Representatives

27

Oct

2015

The genius of Stan Lee -- and he was a man possessed of genius, despite the bad press he's generated in recent years since translating that genius into a fortune that was denied to many of his employees -- is that he was able to see the way the wind was blowing.  He saw, at a critical moment not only for the comics industr ...
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Camp Followers

Camp Followers

26

Oct

2015

There is much talk these days of the embarrassment of riches to be found on television these days; TV is the new cinema, as we are told by an endless succession of thinkpieces by TV critics eager to defend the importance of their jobs.  This both is and is not true; certainly I believe there is a plenitude of high-quality ...
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Mr. Speaker

Mr. Speaker

25

Oct

2015

Excitement is hardly in short supply this year when it comes to politics, but the Republican Party, apparently committed to its position as a third-place network who will throw absolutely anything at the viewing audience just to see what sticks, is offering us fare like those overstuffed modern dramas where something utter ...
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Bleeding Cubbies Blues

Bleeding Cubbies Blues

22

Oct

2015

Last night, the Chicago Cubs were swept out of baseball's post-season after being completely manhandled by the New York Mets, and today, they will prepare to do what they have done for the last 107 years:  watch two other teams play in the World Series.I enjoyed watching the Cubs lose, because it's the second most fun thin ...
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Your Enemies Are Feeding You

Your Enemies Are Feeding You

21

Oct

2015

Chantal Akerman died two weeks ago.Her death was a shock to the film world, or at least that part of it that still considers cinema to be an art form and its geniuses worthy of commemoration; she was only 65 years old and in relatively good health, and she seemed healthy, active, and in good spirits as she promoted her late ...
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One Picture a Day

One Picture a Day

20

Oct

2015

Peggy Guggenheim's relationships with men were difficult, to put it mildly.As the new documentary Peggy Guggenheim:  Art Addict makes clear, the heiress and collector was far ahead of her time, both in recognizing the value of modern paintings and sculpture and in navigating the world of fine art -- a world often suffus ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Heart of a Dog

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Heart of a Dog</i>

19

Oct

2015

Laurie Anderson has had a lot to deal with over the last few years.Since 2013, she was faced with, in rapid succession, the death of her mother Mary Louise, her husband Lou Reed, and her beloved dog, Lolabelle.  Never one to let such matters overwhelm her, though, she dealt with these potentially crippling losses with the ...
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Dr. Cup

Dr. Cup

17

Oct

2015

Just prior to beginning work on his first feature film, 1979's Real Life, comedian Albert Brooks had been making short subjects for the show that would eventually become known as Saturday Night Live (or, as the bewildered Phoenix city councilman puts it when introducing Brooks in the film, “Good Night Saturday”). The s ...
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How Not to Do It

How Not to Do It

15

Oct

2015

It is odd to say that the book on writing by a famous writer is a curious beast; there are, after all, so many of them, how odd could they be?   But they occupy a very strange niche in the literary world. They're something akin to a Lifetime Achievement Award, a special prize given to someone who has simply managed to stic ...
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Drowning the Document

Drowning the Document

2

Oct

2015

It happened while my partner was watching Keith Richards:  Under the Influence.  "This isn't bad," she said, "but it seems so much like an advertisement for his book."  I couldn't help but agree; taken all in all, Under the Influence, Life, and Crosseyed Heart seem less like disparate threads in one man's artistic tap ...
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