Ghost Capital

Ghost Capital

30

Apr

2017

It may not be entirely fair to call French director Olivier Assayas, who has delivered some of the most thrilling as well as some of the most bewildering film of the past few decades, wildly inconsistent.  There is always, at least, a baseline of artfulness in his work that suggests a control and purpose at odds with wildn ...
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Race to the Top

Race to the Top

17

Apr

2017

Ever since the 2016 election, when the Democratic establishment faced a surprisingly strong challenge from Bernie Sanders and his relatively mild form of economic leftism, liberal partisans have insisted that everyone in America is underselling the damage done by racism.  (Everyone, that is, except themselves.  No one rol ...
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If the Right One Don’t Get You

If the Right One Don’t Get You

13

Apr

2017

One of the most common -- and accurate -- criticisms of the Netflix series based on Marvel comics characters is that they're so dreadfully long.  At a baker's dozen episodes, each clocking in at an overstuffed hour, even the best of them can become a terrible slog.  (Netflix seems to have responded at least partially to ...
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War Again

War Again

9

Apr

2017

It was only a matter of time before Donald Trump led America into another pointless, brutal conflict overseas. The only surprise is the speed with which he did it; most presidents would wait until they were in much more dire domestic straits before giving into the instinct to prop up their popularity against a pile of forei ...
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Mania

Mania

7

Apr

2017

The results, so far, of the latest 'season' of my long-running fantasy wrestling league.  Enjoy, nobody!INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING 2017 EVENT SCHEDULESeason 57:  Colluctatio Ergo SumFriday Night Fights I:  Sic InfitFriday, Jan. 6th, 5:00am CST; Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan (Al ...
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Sweethearts of the Air

Sweethearts of the Air

5

Apr

2017

The podcast has risen from its humble beginnings, with primitive homo sapiens attempting to form a crude internet out of twigs and fire, to a dynamic multi-thousand-dollar business, with literally dozens of bored commuters tuning in on a daily basis to hear fascinating stories told in poor-quality audio in between ads for ...
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Old Wars, New Generals

Old Wars, New Generals

4

Apr

2017

For the good of the country, we are often told, the infighting between liberals (or, as they are properly understood, the party of nice rich people) and the left must cease.  Exactly which faction is supposed to lower its guns first is implicit, but so far they refuse to do so, having had a lot of experience with getting s ...
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