Something to Be Sad About; Apologies to Kurt

Written by Taki on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

LEMAÎTRE You’re Depressed? My mother, who died last year in her 90s, suffered from melancholia throughout her life. Perhaps her melancholy was brought on by my father’s constant womanizing—he had too strong a sense of duty to ever leave her or to stop loving her, and too much sense of entitlement to ever give up having mistresses—but somehow I doubt it. [&hellip
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Bush On the Move; Grim Talk About Talk

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

The Beltway Pundits Pout Wouldn’t it be extraordinary if the media elite put their cards on the table and admitted now whom they’ll be advocating in the 2000 presidential election? It’s really no secret. The New York Times, in its news columns and editorials, is for Al Gore (and Hillary Clinton for Senate); The Wall Street Journal favors Steve Forbes; [&hellip
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Dirty Sanchez Smokes Much Ganja, Drinks Many Red Stripes

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Supertanned Sanchez types this to you mere hours after landing at JFK, home from a jaunt to Jamaica! Weakhearted Sanchez had to sit and calm himself down from a false-alarm encounter with U.S. Customs before attending to his column. For before Sanchez and his Gang of Burnt Whiteys could exit to the baggage claim, they and the rest of the [&hellip
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Limbo

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Limbo directed by John Sayles “Well, he’ll never be a filmmaker…” were the first words out of the mouth of a friend I asked about John Sayles’ Limbo before I saw it myself. But they were said wryly, even a bit fondly, and they prefaced a generally favorable opinion of the movie, an opinion I ended up sharing. As for [&hellip
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Instinct

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Instinct directed by Jon Turtletaub Hopkins’ Macho Misfire In Instinct, 62-year-old Anthony Hopkins plays an ape expert named Ethan Powell, who lived among the mountain gorillas of Rwanda for several years until he went berserk and murdered two Rwandan soldiers for reasons unknown. Now he’s incarcerated in the psycho wing of a maximum security penitentiary, where he remains mute [&hellip
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The Times Sanitizes Clinton’s War

Written by Andrey Slivka on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

You would have thought it was V-J Day, the way The New York Times carried on last Friday in the wake of Milosevic’s capitulation to NATO force. “Milosevic Yields on NATO’s Key Terms” screamed the paper’s headline. “50,000 Allied Troops to Police Kosovo.” Then the subhed “Million Refugees Can Return”—just to reassure you that everything’s going to be just fine. [&hellip
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William F. Buckley, Jr. on Hillary, McCarthy & God (With Guest Interviewer Peggy Noonan)

Written by Russ Smith on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

William F. Buckley Jr. Q&A by Russ Smith, John Strausbaugh & Peggy Noonan   It’s not his first book on McCarthy: that would be McCarthy and His Enemies from 1954. The Redhunter combines public record and personal knowledge: As a young conservative from Yale, Buckley knew McCarthy and supported his efforts. The novel tells McCarthy’s life, beginning with his [&hellip
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We Who Aren’t About to Die…

Written by John Strausbaugh on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

In One-Dimensional Man, Herbert Marcuse offered a handy metaphor for the ritual use of military power in the modern world. This was 1964, full-on Cold War, both the U.S. and Soviet Union bristling with nuclear missiles and racing each other to build more, and everyone living under the perceived threat that a nuclear holocaust could break out tomorrow. If you [&hellip
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