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Tuesday, December 26

    UNGENTLY

    COLD SWEAT

    Idolator lists Jonathan Lethem's Rolling Stone profile, Ben Greenman's New Yorker overview, and Douglas Wolk's WFMU 2001 playlist (somebody BURN this). Alongside Jon Pareles's big statement, I'd put Phillip Gourevitch NY unposted profile from a couple years back. Besides Milo Miles at rock.com (also unavailable), the best stuff on this human comet. Christgau's all-time list springs to mind: JB, Hendrix, Beatles.... still persuasive.

    posted by triley60 @ 4:58 pm | Permanent link
Friday, December 22

    Where Have I Been?

    SNAPPY HEADLINE

    Paper Thin Walls, with links to Douglas Wolk's 2006 double-disc mix.

    posted by triley60 @ 1:20 pm | Permanent link
Tuesday, December 19
    How to Tolerate Intolerance

    Rosenbaum in the NY Observer:

    Holocaust denial is a particularly insidious evil. It was almost painful to read The Times’ earnest struggle to report on the Iranian Holocaust-deniers’ conference in anticipation of its opening on Dec. 11. It will be fascinating to see how the rest of the media reports on this conference of “scholars” whose distinguished keynote speaker is David Duke, whose previous scholarly career has included a stint as a Ku Klux Klan leader... ( more)


    PHOTO OF THE MONTH

    THIS IS ART

    [see also Burt Lancaster and Jeanne Moreau in The Train(1964).
    posted by triley60 @ 4:20 pm | Permanent link
Thursday, December 14
    KILL ALL THE DOCTORS

    Is it a coincidence that two of the best dramas on TV are savage critiques of medical culture? ER thrives in its 13nth season, even if it errs on the side of cheap laughs, disaster blowouts and sentimentality. Besides taking the most prized advertising eyeballs to Africa, it boasts complicated, sometimes unsympathetic gay characters, and larger social problems writ human-scale in the faces of a vastly talented pool of character actors. Added bonus: its kids are always superbly directed, believable. Risky move: Archie's Redemption.

    Teetering between character tutorial and comedy, House has a far trickier agenda. Hugh Laurie has turned this guy into a gruff-yet-unloveable monster, who stands in for The Man. But wait, there's more: in his demonic romance with science and emotionally ingrown toenail, he also represents the medical profession as a whole. This season's addiction jack-pot story arc with David Morse features fraying codes of loyalty among doctors, friends, bosses, subordinates, ethnic stripes, and dwarfs. Care to go for a spin?

    PS: If it's NOT a coincidence, what does that mean?
    posted by triley60 @ 8:48 am | Permanent link
Sunday, December 10
    ROGUES GALLERY

    NEVER CAN SAY GOODBYE

    Anyone else toss their NYTimes across the room twice in one week when Rummy was prominently displayed above the fold? First he threw out a ceremonial football at the Army-Navy game. Then he held his hand to his chest, all choked up, saying bye to the Pentagon staff. Can you imagine the outrage if they put Murtha above the fold twice? Did Colin Powell get splashed across the front page twice in the month after he was forced out? If last month's elections are any indication, a majority of voters all are Rummy-ied out. Is there any plausible defense for such photos as news? As the most dramatic, telling and significant pictures from anywhere in the world? Are we supposed to feel sorry for this sad sack and his all-knowing farewell memo? Must the Times keep embarrassing itself?

    BUSH GIVES BELLIGERENCE A BAD NAME

    [head, no quip]

    THE OPPOSITE OF ELITISM

    Best thing about this time of year? Lists.

    CHRISTGAU COMEBACK

    The Dean dances to Mr. Bill's tune. (Music up: Richard Thompson's "We're All Working for the Pharoah.")
    posted by triley60 @ 9:30 pm | Permanent link
Friday, December 8
    Mythical beasts of the deep...

    (Boston) Several giant supersquids are on track to hit Boston harbor this coming Monday, December 11, in honor of a terrestrial pagan ritual. The scientific names given these sprawling herbivores, who swam all the way from Scotland, include Fats, Wills, Buddy, and Graham. Go to this web page for a live feed, sightings occur around 12:45 pm, and are then archived. Some restrictions apply.
    posted by triley60 @ 3:53 pm | Permanent link
Wednesday, December 6
    Question of the morning...

    So, if you had to guess based on last night's show, is Aaron Sorkin Protestant or Jewish? SKL says Protestant, since Jews already know all that abstruse Christian arcanae. (Matthew Perry sure ain't Jewish.) SKL thinks the problem is direction, too many overplayed expressions, telegraphed emotions, they need to learn how to throw away their lines. I say it's in the script, a good example of how terrific performers try to prop up weak material... looks worse because it exposes the poor writing rather than props it up. Would somebody please shut down Ed Asner?
    posted by triley60 @ 11:17 am | Permanent link

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