The Party of What People?

The Party of What People?

30

Dec

2016

This will be my last entry of 2016.  Next year will begin, barring some unexpected act of fate, with the ascension to the presidency of Donald Trump, as dim-witted, incurious, crass, and crooked human being that has ever held public office in America.  Trump has spent the hours since the election staffing his White House ...
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Peace Won’t Pay the Rent

Peace Won’t Pay the Rent

27

Dec

2016

Joe Sacco's Palestine was first published in 1993 as a series of single-issue comic books, based on the author's trip to the occupied territories of the Gaza Strip towards the end of the First Intifada.  It was collected by Fantagraphics into a single edition in 1996, at a time when there seemed to be some cause for optim ...
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Simply Having a War on Christmastime

Simply Having a War on Christmastime

22

Dec

2016

As I've discussed endlessly in this space, one of my favorite things about the right-wing persecution complex that's been so carefully cultivated by conservative politicians over the last 50 years or so is hearing people complain about things that are not only not actually happening, but are the opposite of happening.  We ...
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Beck and Call

Beck and Call

20

Dec

2016

It’s inevitable, in the face of any great political defeat or party realignment, for loyalties to get a bit shaky. Confusion rules the day, and the ally of yesterday is the heretic of tomorrow. Only a few months ago, when it looked like the Republican Party was about to shake itself to pieces under the weight of Donald Tr ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Tampopo

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Tampopo</i>

16

Dec

2016

Tampopo was a first for me in a lot of ways:  not only the first movie I'd seen by Juzo Itami, but the first Japanese comedy I'd ever seen, and one of the first Japanese films I'd seen at all outside of Akira Kurosawa and a few samurai period pieces.  I saw it when it was first released in the U.S. on VHS during my stint ...
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The Most Beautiful Fraud: Kate Plays Christine

The Most Beautiful Fraud:  <i>Kate Plays Christine</i>

14

Dec

2016

One of those odd little quirks of timing that happens in the world of cinema took place this year when not one, but two films based on the life of Christine Chubbuck were filmed and released at almost exactly the same time.  The first was Christine, a more or less straightforward narrative film based on the television new ...
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20 for 2016

20 for 2016

12

Dec

2016

I don't really listen to much new music anymore.  Partly this is because no one pays me to do it anymore, and partly it's because I have other things to do, but mostly it's just because I'm old, and nobody needs another white guy in his mid-40s telling them what to listen to.  And yet, here we are, and I need content!  S ...
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Not Waving But Drowning

Not Waving But Drowning

11

Dec

2016

Donald Trump isn't even president yet and the liberal establishment is already in a frenzy, convinced that the apocalypse has arrived and that if we don't hang Mitch McConnell for treason right this second, it will mean the end of the American Dream.  Some are even lapsing into an all-too-familiar paranoid style, recalling ...
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Little/Big

Little/Big

8

Dec

2016

Say, did you know that television has gotten really good now?  You bet your ass you did, because you're alive and reading the internet.  You could no more be ignorant of the rise of Quality Television than you could of the existence of Pizza Rat, or of how Donald Trump is president now because of the traitor Jill Stein. ...
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Just Another Beer Nerd from Chicago

Just Another Beer Nerd from Chicago

5

Dec

2016

When I started drinking, there was no such thing as "craft beer".  If you didn't like the weak, watery, tasteless crap that passed for beer in America, you did one of two things:  you found a bar that carried foreign beer (Guinness, usually, maybe something exotic from Germany or, if you were really lucky, Belgium), or ...
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Honky Reduction

Honky Reduction

1

Dec

2016

Barring a miracle, it is now a mere 30 days before overconfidence trickster/foundation abuser Donald Trump will assume the presidency of the United States.  The most important battle to be fought once that happens is building political organizations powerful enough to combat the damage he will be able to inflict with the c ...
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