The Bloody Prince

The Bloody Prince

24

Aug

2016

Imagine yourself far away, in a landlocked country in the southeastern part of Asia.  You are a farmer's wife.  You have never had anything to do with politics; though you are aware that the Pathet Lao, the nation's communist guerrillas, are plotting against the monarchy and are working with military forces in neighboring ...
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These Are The Breaks

These Are The Breaks

16

Aug

2016

Some people prefer fiction, they will tell you, because it is infinitely malleable.  While history must only tell us what is known, fiction can tell us what is merely imagined, and it can do it in any order; only fiction, some have argued, can tell a truly complete story, because it can tell us the secrets, the dreams, and ...
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Learning to Left

Learning to Left

11

Aug

2016

Socialism has, to put it mildly, a bit of a bad reputation.This may sound like an absurd statement in this year of 2016, especially if you live your life on the internet.  It has only been a few years since socialist candidate Kshama Sawant won a spot on the Seattle City Council; and it was only last month that Hillary Cli ...
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An Unappeased Yearning to Return

An Unappeased Yearning to Return

9

Aug

2016

Netflix's new sci-fi thriller Stranger Things is one of those shows that it's almost impossible to talk about for all the wrong reasons.  A critical and popular success, any chance of talking about it on its actual merits has already been buried under an avalanche of thinkpieces, listicles, clickbait articles, and animat ...
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You Can’t Refuse a Continent

You Can’t Refuse a Continent

5

Aug

2016

One of my historical obsessions is the Second World War and its immediate aftermath -- a period which directly shaped our current political climate, but which far too many people know very little about.  Almost everything we can learn about the current state of world affairs can be traced back to the political, cultural, a ...
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Boom Goes the Dynamite

Boom Goes the Dynamite

3

Aug

2016

There are, in the vast field of toil we call the entertainment industry, people who have a tremendous amount of ability, but never get quite the right project.  They are often possessed of a very singular talent, one that can't easily be plugged into a generic formula, and as a result they wander from one gig to another, ...
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Left Behind

Left Behind

25

Jul

2016

I won't be watching the Democratic National Convention this week.  I don't care for pomp in a time of hardship; I'm not interested in seeing elites congratulate themselves on their moral rectitude; and most of all, I watched enough of the dismal Republican get-together and there's only so much shit I can swallow in a month ...
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The Infinite Pathways of God

The Infinite Pathways of God

21

Jul

2016

There is no such thing as purity in cinema, and even the expressions we find most effective and audacious are compromised in a million little ways before we ever come close to seeing them.  One change, in the casting or in budget or even in the weather, and the movie could be lost, or end up as an entirely different film.R ...
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Slippin’ Jimmy

Slippin’ Jimmy

20

Jul

2016

Better Call Saul might have seemed like it was born with the television equivalent of a silver spoon in its mouth.  Afforded every advantage by the AMC network, and bringing with it a built-in audience from Breaking Bad, one of the most successful and acclaimed cable dramas of all time, it was almost certain to do well, a ...
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Thou Shalt Catch Them All

Thou Shalt Catch Them All

19

Jul

2016

Six months ago, if you had a grown adult wearing a t-shirt with a children's character crash into you in a public place because they had their face buried in a cell phone screen and weren't' paying attention to their surroundings, odds were pretty good they were just using Duolingo to practice a language of no practical val ...
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Dark Satanic Mills

Dark Satanic Mills

18

Jul

2016

We kill our idols at such an alarming rate, you'd think we could afford to replace them.  At a time when great artistic achievement is increasingly hard to find, we have been gripped with a mania for casting the few geniuses our culture manages to mint aside with great force, usually less because we find something flawed i ...
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Bein’ Good Isn’t Always Easy

Bein’ Good Isn’t Always Easy

16

Jul

2016

Preacher was a comic of its time, and that time was the 1990s.To put it another way, Preacher was a comic of the time when many of its biggest fans -- fans who are now television-watching adults, and, for that matter, television-criticism-writing adults -- were in their 20s.  Which is all well and good; there's nothing w ...
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Makes Me Feel Good

Makes Me Feel Good

15

Jul

2016

It says something -- something I am dead certain is not good -- about our culture that the preeminent political statement of the moment is where you stand on the Ghostbusters remake.  As I write this, Paul Feig's all-female reboot of the beloved franchise has only just had its wide opening, and already there's a backlash ...
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Tom Block: Not Dark Yet

Tom Block:  Not Dark Yet

12

Jul

2016

My friend Tom Block  is in serious trouble and needs our help.Let me tell you about Tom. He’s smart , funny , a great storyteller , a terrific writer , and a critic of unusual insight . He’s lived a life  many of us would love to lead.Most recently he took a two-year road trip around America, during which he kept u ...
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To Save You From a Life of Need

To Save You From a Life of Need

11

Jul

2016

It takes a lot of nerve for anyone, let alone a Czech, to title a story "Mr. Kafka".  Finicky Franz casts such a huge shadow on the literature of Prague that it's audacious to the point of foolhardiness to invite the comparison.  But if anyone earned the right to do it in life, it was Bohumil Hrabal.  The Brno-born eccen ...
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