The Abolition of the Exploitation of Man By Man

The Abolition of the Exploitation of Man By Man

19

Mar

2015

Today is the 144th anniversary of the founding of the Paris Commune.One of the most astonishing, inspiring, bitter, tragic, extraordinary, and powerful events in human history, the very nature of the Commune is the subject of intense and violent debate, and has been since its first barricade went up.  Conservatives, monar ...
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Scowls of a Summer Night: American Crime

Scowls of a Summer Night:  <i>American Crime</i>

17

Mar

2015

Anthology shows are all the rage these days because if the show is a hit, you can avoid the actors asking for too much money to do the second season by just firing everybody and bringing in a bunch of scrubs. Thanks, True Detective!  The latest offering in this vein from ABC is American Crime, which brings along a genuin ...
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Don’t Fake Jacks, Kid

Don’t Fake Jacks, Kid

15

Mar

2015

It's been a good 40 years since hip-hop was birthed booming onto the streets of New York, and having sped past various barriers to respectability and minted at least one billionaire, it would seem that there could no longer be any question about its legitimacy as a genuine modern music form.  Alas, though, as rap stumbles ...
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The Oke Stands for Choke

The Oke Stands for Choke

13

Mar

2015

The most popular Japanese import since ruthless corporate efficiency, the phenomenon known as karaoke helped every bar-hopping American realize their lifelong ambition of being a rock star, even if it was only for three minutes in front of a crowd of rum-soaked programmers hoping you finish up quick so they can do an hilari ...
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40 or 50 Things About Me

40 or 50 Things About Me

11

Mar

2015

I don’t wanna be a burden on nobody. Here these things are if you want to read them.1. It drives me near madhouse when someone says they have lived a life without regrets. It’s a good thing to keep moving and all, and we all like that song by the pretty little French dame, but if you can really say you have no regrets y ...
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The Myth of Muslim Silence

The Myth of Muslim Silence

10

Mar

2015

I am not religious, and I never will be. But, just as I have been shown grace and kindness by Christians and Jews whose faith I cannot share, I have had the privilege of knowing a number of Muslims whose beliefs inspire me even though I will never follow them myself.Of all the pernicious, slanderous nonsense that has emerge ...
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They Alive, Dammit

They Alive, Dammit

9

Mar

2015

The latest from the comedic mind of Tina Fey (and her less media-friendly writing partner, Robert Carlock), Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt made its Netflix debut this week, inviting fans missing the golden days of 30 Rock to binge-watch its 13-episode first season.  Unfortunately, I was not among the 30 Rock faithful; I tho ...
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Fights

Fights

8

Mar

2015

The fucking city man was going to get it, he’d been asking for it all night and he was goddamned well going to get it all right. He thought that Brog Bingand was stupid but he was the stupid one because he was goddamned well going to find out what was, who was…Brog Bingand had to concentrate on the card game now. The st ...
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Feelin’ Like a Punch in the Nose

Feelin’ Like a Punch in the Nose

7

Mar

2015

NBC's The Slap is based on a very important novel, and if you weren't aware of that already, you will be within two minutes of the first episode.  The ponderous voice-over -- by Victor Garber, no less! -- drops with a thud, delivering lines like "For a moment, Hector luxuriated in the memory of her"; that's the kind of th ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: Thumpa & Killsandra Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  Thumpa & Killsandra Edition

6

Mar

2015

It's time once again for Four Colors to Infinity, the semi-ongoing feature where I buy a bunch of comic books I've (mostly) never heard of and try and find something interesting to say about them.  This feature is in dire straits, to be honest, because first, comic books are stupid expensive these days and I ain't got any ...
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Gingering the Tail

Gingering the Tail

3

Mar

2015

It's only March and already the handicapping of the 2016 elections seems impossibly dreadful.  We are still ten months away from the first presidential primary, and yet it seems as if the whole obese, god-awful thing has been going on for ages; the prospect of another year and a half of shit-flinging between whatever two ...
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Blasts from My Past

Blasts from My Past

27

Feb

2015

Few people have begun the preliminary notes for their autobiographies on the back of a Donuts on the Freeway flyer; I am one of those people.NOTES OF AN ALIENATED CRYPTO-SOUTHERN HALF-ARAB PUNK ROCK BIG BOY. SUGGESTED TITLES FOR MY MEMOIRS #1 (in a series): LIKE A BLACK PANTHER, BUT FOR DRUNKS.PART ONE: LI ...
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Four Colors to Infinity: All-Pandering Edition

Four Colors to Infinity:  All-Pandering Edition

26

Feb

2015

And now, we return once again to Four Colors to Infinity, where I go to a comic book retailer (yes, they still have those!) and plunk down an obscene amount of money for a handful of randomly selected funnybooks.  This week's special edition is special for several reasons:  first of all, I am in Chicago, and shoveled my m ...
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A Whole New Gowanus

A Whole New Gowanus

24

Feb

2015

No television program currently on the air has likely suffered more invidious discrimination than Comedy Central's Broad City.Now in the early goings of its second season, the show follows the hapless misadventures of two directionless New York twenty-something women (Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer, playing not even slightl ...
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Dead Set on Romance

Dead Set on Romance

23

Feb

2015

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, the creators of Shaun of the Dead, had the rare distinction for a writer/director team of having made the greatest film of its genre. Of course, at the time of it's debut, they’d also made the only film of its genre. Though it's since been joined by other, lesser films in the great 21st centur ...
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