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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The Duke Still Rules; Crime As a Career Track

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LEMAÎTRE Duke of All  I’ve got some very bad news for media liberals: Even though it received little media attention, a recent Reuters/Zogby poll shows the Duke to be America’s favorite actor of the century. Yes, dear readers, John Wayne, always riding tall into the sunset, is more popular than those grimacing, foul-mouthed twitching midgets who pass as film stars [&hellip
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Hands Off the Bill of Rights, Leeza!

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

On her sub-Rosie talk show one morning last week, Leeza Gibbons and her guests were going on about youth violence and gun control when someone cited the Second Amendment. Well, Leeza plotzed. Forget the Second Amendment, Leeza huffed. Forget the Constitution altogether. It’s ancient history. It was written by a bunch of old men. Kids [&hellip
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Henry Flesh’s Massage

Written by J.T. Leroy on . Posted in Books, Posts

Massage by Henry Flesh Akashic Books, 384 pages, $15.95   When I read a blurb about Henry Flesh’s Massage saying it was about this erotic masseur, Randy, involved in a violent, sadomasochistic relationship with this rich older guy, Graham, who has AIDS… I thought cool! I’ve mostly been reading Goodnight Moon and Babar books, so it was refreshing to read [&hellip
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Taki’s Glory Days as a Tennis Bum

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LEMAITRE Game, Set, Paris Match Watching the French tennis championships on ESPN all last week sure brought back memories. There is nothing like Paris in May, especially when the sun is out, and as far as I’m concerned, there’s no tournament that’s grander than Roland Garros, one of the four Grand Slams of tennis, and by far the hardest [&hellip
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The Small-Town Surrealism of Desert Blue

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

Desert Blue directed by Morgan J. Freeman Casting and directing actors in ways that play to their strengths is a talent in itself. In both Streets and Blue, the Sexton character is a troubled hero who has a disordered home life (one parent is dead and the other is either a deceiver or deceived). He has an unlikely dream—in Streets, [&hellip
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I’m Not Homophobic, I’m Homo-Neurotic

Written by Jonathan Ames on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

I was sitting at the counter at Des Moines Cafe reading, as I always do, the sports section of the New York Post. I was then joined by my new lovely friend, B, who is an accomplished and highly successful movie director—she has a Hollywood hit under her belt. But despite her success, she’s not at all pretentious in a [&hellip
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