A Thousand Flappers and Hobbledehoys

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell: Review

Sense and sensibility strive to control the course of English magic in this incredibly fun fusion of historical fiction and fantasy.

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Ryan Adams Masters Constraint on His New Album, Prisoner

The singer-songwriter’s latest album builds on the late-80s sound he’s been developing on his last few records, and gives us his strongest collection of songs in a long time.

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Man, I WISH Dead Men Told No Tales

The new Pirates of the Caribbean film is really, really bad, despite a desperate attempt to copy the pretty good original.

26 May 2017 · Leave a comment

The Big Sleep: Review

After re-reading the first of Chandler’s Philip Marlowe novels, I was struck by just how wonderfully conceived and economically presented this book and its central character are.

25 February 2017 · Leave a comment

For Better Or Worse, Real Life Will Break Out

Let’s not lose our heads just yet: live as well as you can, help those in need, fight injustice.

21 January 2017 · Leave a comment

Double Feature: Steve Jobs and The Intern

I watched these two films back-to-back, and while the experience is likely not common, it gave me a little to think about regarding what we value in our films.

3 December 2016 · Leave a comment

A Brief Appreciation of Kings of Leon’s Bass Notes

I’m not sure about the new album, but it’s nice to hear those same old bass notes again.

2 December 2016 · Leave a comment

An Open Letter to the “Unethical Employee” Character in the Business Ethics Training Video

Yeah, the form gives it away–this was a piece rejected by McSweeney’s. I still think it’s pretty funny, though.

1 December 2016 · Leave a comment

Darren Aronofsky’s Noah Takes its Liberties Seriously

This revision of the Biblical tale has some important things to say about humanity’s relationship to the environment, even if it makes some striking changes to the tale in order to say it.

21 October 2016 · Leave a comment

Denver’s Defense is Not Their Most Important Unit

In their Thursday Night Football match against the Chargers, the Broncos showed that their problems begin along the offensive line.

14 October 2016 · Leave a comment
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